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Americans Are Now Fat Enough to Need Bigger Buses, Too

The Federal Transit Authority has submitted a proposal to update its bus testing regulations to more accurately reflect average passenger weights.


Last month, we heard that Americans are now fat enough to need larger ambulances. Earlier this month, the Federal Transit Administration bowed to the inevitable and submitted a proposal to change its bus testing regulations "to more accurately reflect average passenger weights and actual transit vehicle loads." The government docket spells out the details:

Specifically, FTA is proposing to change the average passenger weight from 150 lbs to 175 lbs. In addition, FTA is proposing to change the floor space occupied per standing passenger from 1.5 to 1.75 square feet, and updating the Structural Strength and Distortion test procedures.

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