National School Transportation Association

623 North Broad Street · Lansdale, PA 19446

(703) 684-3200  ·  (703) 684-3212 FAX  ·


December 7, 2018


The National School Transportation Association is requesting proposals to provide 5 propane fueled school buses certified to meet EPA emission standards. These will be used for school buses serving school districts in Cook County Illinois.


This request is associated with a grant from EPA Region 5, and subject to federal grant conditions. We anticipate replacing 5 diesel operated school buses with 5 propane operated school buses consistent with the specifications outlined in Exhibit A attached to this Request for Proposal.


You must include the following in your proposal:


  1. The price per bus
  2. All freight and delivery charges, if not included in the above
  3. Any applicable taxes
  4. Warranty and customer support
  5. Anticipated timeline for delivery of equipment (days following award)
  6. Any charges not included above
  7. Any deviations from the specifications noted in the Exhibit
  8. The percentage reduction of each pollutant to be expected from use of the device



Proposals must be received by NSTA by 5:00 p.m. EST on January 7, 2019. You may submit a proposal electronically to or fax to Sandi Steelhammer at 703-684-3212.


NSTA will consider all bids that meet the specifications outlined in the Exhibits and include the eight items above, and will award the sale to the lowest bidder.   We will notify all vendors of the result by January 11, 2018.







189″ Wheel Base

50,000 PSI Frame Rails

FORD 6.8L with ROUSH CleanTech

        362 hp @ 4750 rpm

        Liquid Propane Autogas Fuel System 

Engine Alarm System-Low Oil

Pressure/High Temperature

Heavy Duty Dry Type Air Cleaner

Electro-Magnetic Fan Clutch

Single Aluminized Exhaust System Mounted

Through Bumper

12,000 lb. Hendrickson Front Axle with Oil Seals

21,000 lb. Meritor Rear Axle

10,000 lb. Hendrickson “Softek” Front Springs

17,000 lb. Rear Springs

Front & Rear Shock Absorbers

Meritor  Hydraulic Disc Brakes with severe duty rotors

FORD 6R140-6 speed automatic transmission w/Econhift

280 Amp. Leece-Neville Alternator

Three (3) Group 31 AMG  Batteries Measuring 2100 CCA

Multi-Plex Wiring with LED readout in Dash Area

Full Instrumentation-Tachometer,

Fuel, Oil, Engine Temperature, Voltmeter

Tripmeter, Engine Hour Meter, Clock

Ross TAS-55 Power Steering with 50 Degree Wheel-Cut

Tilt/Telescoping  Steering Column with Dimmer Switch

Cruise Control

Fiberglass Tilt Hood, Maximum 9 lb. effort to open

Fender Mounted Turn Signals

Dual Halogen Headlights on each side

Automatic Daytime Running Lights

Dual Electric Horns

1/4 in. Heavy Duty 12” Tall Front Bumper

Front and Rear Tow Hooks

69.5 Gallon Fuel Tank With Barrier

Mounted Behind Rear Axle Between Frame Rails

Euro Style Receptical

Locking Fuel Tank Door

22.5″ x 7.5 ” Hub Piloted Disc Wheels

255/70R22.5 – 12 Ply Goodyear Radial Tires

      Highway Tread Front and  Rear

Power Port for Emergency Cell Phone

Electric Intermittent Wipers With Wet Arms

Backing alarm

Ignition keyed alike





D.O.T. Approved Fully Padded  Seats And


Heavy Duty 42 oz. Gray Fire Block Upholstery

First seat each side to have integrated child seat

Seatbelt ready seat frames with belts

Header Pads Above Entrance And

Emergency Doors

Six Way Adjustable High Back National

      Driver’s Seat With Shoulder Harness

Fabric Insert

4 Piece Shaded Windshield

Single Switch Intermittent Windshield Wipers

With Wet Arms

Four Rub Rails Including Snow Rails And

20 gage fluted, 19 ¾ “ side panel & skirt

Insulated Complete Including Body Bows

Aluminized Inner Side Panel

Full Fiberglass Body Insulation

6″ x 30″ Inside Padded Rearview

Mirror With Visor

Non-Heated 9″ x 17″ Rosco Avia Rearview Mirrors

Non-Heated Dual Rosco Hawkeye Crossview Mirrors

With bell mounts.

Manual Outward Opening Entrance Door With

Three Step Stepwell

Lower Rear Emergency Door Window

Entry and RED locks

Emergency Door Retainer

Enclosed Battery Compartment

With Sliding Tray

77” Headroom

Tinted side and rear glass

Three Large Heaters with heater booster pump:

90,000 BTU Left Front

50,000 BTU Stepwell

80,000 BTU Rear

Two (2) 6″ Defroster Fans

Two (2) Transpec Escape/Vent Hatches

Two (2) Emergency Exit Windows On Each

Side Of Bus

Armored Side Directional Lights

LED Clearance and Cluster Lights

Body Solenoid Switch

Front and rear vandal locks

Front and Rear Mud Flaps

Rear Rubber Fenders

Dome Lights, drivers dome with separate switch

5/8” Treated Grade Plywood Floor Screwed Down

Flat floor

Body fluid kit

Black  Rubber Floor and Studded Steps

Aluminum Aisle Trim

Series 6 Crossing Control Arm & stop arm

Reflective tape sides and rear

Reflective SCHOOL BUS front & rear

All Required Emergency Equipment

All Required Lettering

Braun lift with 3 tracked wheel chair positions

3 Q-Straint tie down kits

Rear in-wall Air Conditioning

White roof