The US Federal Transit Authority's (FTA) Altoona test is an internationally recognized, tough testing regime which performs 12 years and 500,000 miles of a heavy duty testing.
Best-In-Class Fuel Economy
The objective of this test is to provide comparable fuel consumption data on transit buses produced by different manufacturers. The test is comprised of Business District, Arterial and Commuter phases.
The primary part of the test program is the Structural Durability Test, which also provides the information for the Maintainability and Reliability results. The test bus encountered no Class 1, 2 or 4 failures. All seven reported failures were Class 3, the lowest among buses in it's class.
The objective of this test is to collect maintenance data about the servicing, preventive maintenance, and repair. All significant breakdowns, repairs, man-hours to repair, and hours out of service were recorded.