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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Bid #C-02-56017-0010M

Invitation for Bid: 14 passenger mid-bus

Award Info
Published Thursday June 20, 2002
Awarded to:
Vendor:  Southern Illinois Bus, Inc., Breese, IL,
Amount:  $41,437
Terms:   One-time transaction
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Bidders: 4
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Thursday March 21, 2002
Sealed bids will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Thursday April 11, 2002:
Purchasing Office
108 Miles Hall
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, IL 62901-6813

for 14 passenger mid-bus (Bid # C-02-56017-0010M). Southern Illinois University Carbondale is seeking bids on 1 Model Year 2002 new 14-passenger mid bus alternate allowable vehicle to meet the following specifications:

  • 159" Wheelbase
  • 5.7L SFI 255 HP Vortec V-8 gasoline engine
  • 600 CCA Battery
  • 4-speed automatic transmission w/overdrive
  • 12,000 lb. minimum GVWR
  • 6-panel bus body
  • 90" interior width, minimum
  • 74" interior headroom, minimum
  • Integrated steel cage construction in roof, side, floor and rear of bus, (bus body must meet all Federal structural standards for school buses)
  • Galvanized steel body construction with metal exterior sidewalls
  • Embossed interior roof panels to reduce scratching and noise inside bus
  • Two-step step well w/10-3/4" ground clearance to bottom of first step
  • Rear emergency door w/upper and lower glass
  • 5/8" exterior grade plywood sub floor
  • 1/8" rubber floor covering
  • 3/16" ribbed rubber in aisle and on entrance steps
  • Aluminum aisle moldings
  • White polyurethane exterior paint sprayed w/electostatic paint guns
  • White interior paint
  • Split Sash side windows w/12" clear opening
  • 39" x 10" curb side safety window
  • Circuit control board for all body circuits mounted on folding front header panel for easy access w/key lock
  • (4) Dome lights for passengers
  • Back up alarm
  • Rosco 7" x 10" flat with 7" x 4" convex rearview mirrors
  • 6" x 16" interior mirror
  • All standard safety equipment
  • 42,000 BTU rear heater
  • 32" minimum seat spacing
  • Tinted side and rear windows
  • (4) left hand and (3)right hand Kevlar Pro Block Vinyl upholstered adult sized passenger seats w/seat belts (see option #4)
  • Delivered with new Illinois State inspection sticker
  • Front and rear tow hooks
  • Engine mounted A/C for driver
  • Option #1 Tilt wheel and cruise control
  • Option #2 AM/FM radio
  • Option #3 Vandal lock on rear door
  • Option #4 High back level (1) Kevlar Pro Block Vinyl seats (4) left hand and (3) right hand w/seat belts in lieu of standard school bus seats
  • Option#5 Emergency roof escape hatch with vent
  • Option #6Padded overhead parcel racks mounted over passenger seats
  • Option #7 Class III trailer hitch w/standard light plug
  • Option #8 Right and left rear storage compartments to meet University specifications
  • Option #9 Key lock for left rear storage door

An award will be made to the lowest bidder meeting 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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