CBS News 'Sunday Morning' to feature Penn State bus center on Sept. 2

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State's Bus Research and Test Center will be featured on the CBS News program "Sunday Morning" at 9 a.m. EST on Sept. 2.

The Penn State segment focuses on bus safety. CBS producer John D'Amilio and reporter Peter Greenberg visited the campus in April to film the comprehensive analysis undertaken by the facility on the performance of new bus models.

As a part of the segment, the crew interviewed David Klinikowski, the center's director, and Mike Fullington, owner of Fullington Bus Company. The program examines a range of safety concerns from vehicle durability to the availability and use of passenger seat belts in motor coaches.

The bus center, part of the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at Penn State, was authorized by the Federal Transit Administration to perform rigorous reviews of any new model buses that a manufacturer intends to make available for purchase by municipalities.

Since its inception in 1989, the center has examined more nearly 400 different bus makes and models and documented more than 8,000 malfunctions, both large and small.

The center's efforts allow manufacturers to make corrections and modifications before vehicles advance to the production stage.

The Penn State facility has tested vehicles ranging from minivans to articulated city buses and intercity motor coaches.

 

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Last Updated August 31, 2012