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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Bid #C-02-56017-0007M

Invitation for Bid: a 14 passenger activity bus

Award Info
Published Wednesday February 27, 2002
Awarded to:
Vendor:  Midwest Transit Equipment Inc. Kankakee, IL,
Amount:  $31,730.02
Terms:   One-time transaction
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Bidders: 6
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Thursday January 24, 2002
Sealed bids will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Monday February 11, 2002:
Purchasing Office
108 Miles Hall
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, IL 62901-6813

for a 14 passenger activity bus (Bid # C-02-56017-0007M). Southern Illinois University Carbondale is seeking bids for a new model year 2002 14 passenger activity bus to meet the following specifications:

  • Current State of Illinois Vehicle Safety Inspection
  • Stop arm and school bus signs removed
  • Eight lamp warning system deactivated prior to use in Illinois
  • Bus body completely undercoated
  • 5.7L V8 gasoline engine
  • 139" wheelbase
  • 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive
  • 10,000 lb minimum GVWR
  • 4300 lb minimum front axle
  • 7500 lb minimum rear axle
  • 4100 lb minimum front springs
  • 7500 lb minimum rear springs
  • 4.10-1 axle ratio
  • Engine oil cooler
  • Heavy duty radiator
  • Dual rear tires
  • LT225/75R16 all season radial tires
  • Power hydraulic brakes with 4 wheel anti-lock brake system
  • 124 amp alernator, minimum
  • 600 CCA Battery
  • Front and rear shock absorbers
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • Power steering
  • 33 gallon fuel tank, minimum
  • Intermittent windshield wipers w/electric washer
  • In dash heater and defroster system
  • Driver''s high back seat with lap and shoulder harness
  • High back vinyl passenger seats w/seatbelts
  • Coolant temperature and oil pressure guages
  • Voltmeter
  • Driver''s door with roll-up window and key lock
  • 74" interior headroom minimum
  • Double-out panic free entrance door w/manual door control
  • Two-step stepwell
  • Right and left stainless steel grab handles at entrance steps
  • Rear emergency door w/upper and lower glass
  • Padded barriers in front of passenger seats
  • Seat belts in all seats
  • 5/8" exterior grade plywood sub-floor
  • 3/16" black ribbed rubber in aisle and on entrance steps
  • 1/8" Black rubber floor covering
  • Aluminum aisle moldings
  • 1-1/2" fiberglass insulation in roof, side and rear quarter panels
  • White polyurethane exterior paint
  • 6" x 16" interior mirror directly above driver
  • Body circuit relay disconnected
  • 39" x 10" curb safety window in front of entrance door
  • 42,000 BTU rear heater minimum
  • 53,000 BTU Air conditioning, minimum, front and rear A/C vents
  • Large storage compartment w/folding door above driver
  • Rosco rearview mirrors, (heated)
  • Rosco fender mounted cross-view mirrors, (heated)
  • Split sash side windows w/12" minimum clear openings
  • Rear electrical access panels inside bus for all rear lights

An award will be made to the lowest bidder meeting the specifications and conditions.

The University reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids or parts thereof. Vendor may expect payment thirty to sixty days after receipt of invoice, unless otherwise stated in the bid/RFP documents. Bidding documents may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Office. Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) eligibility number is required on all bid proposals.

(Submitted by Pamela Brandt, State Purchasing Officer.)

For additional information, contact:
Pat Cook
Phone: (618) 453-5751
FAX: (618) 453-6714

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