November 7, 2016 - School Transportation News - Trans Tech Launching New Type-A Transit at NAPT Summit
School Transportation News
Trans Tech Launching New Type A Transit at NAPT Summit
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Trans Tech is unveiling its new 20-passenger, aerodynamic Trans Star school bus built on a Ford Transit chassis in both gasoline and diesel configurations at the 42nd Annual NAPT Summit Trade Show.
Trans Tech officials said the new Type A features enhanced driver visibility of students and pedestrians outside the bus. It also offers improved driver ergonomics, driver airbags, the company’s proprietary Versa-Track seating for passengers and easier access for mechanics to service the electrical system and to replace parts.
The newly engineered design on the Transit is expected to increase fuel economy for customers, the company added.
“I think the industry will be quite impressed with the Trans Star," said John Phraner president of Trans Tech. "It is a bus driver’s bus that is easy to operate and extremely versatile (It’s) the best looking school bus—built on the Ford Transit chassis—on the market.”
The Trans Star is powered by a 6-speed automatic overdrive transmission with SelectShift and either a 3.7L Ti-VCT V6 gasoline engine with 275 hp and 260 pounds per foot of torque, or a 3.2L Powerstroke I-5 engine 185 hp and 360 pounds per foot of torque. The bus has a 25-gallon fuel tank with a gross vehicle rating of 10,360 pounds, a wheelbase of 156 inches and a length of 238 inches.
It comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.
The Type A bus also features pan-form, 14-gauge galvanized steel floors to protect against crashes and to repel water for corrosion protection and a bolted safety cage provides enhanced crash protection.
Trans Tech said the electrical system is engineered to be easy to service.
The bus will be unveiled on Tuesday at NAPT Booth 111.
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