Maintaining transit assets- track, signal systems, communication systems, facilities, office buildings, bridges, tunnels, vehicles, parking facilities and stations - in a state of good repair (SGR) is essential to ensure safe, reliable and accessible services for passengers and employees. The current SGR backlog in the US is over USD86 billion and ridership on most systems is showing an increasing trend. This has put unprecedented pressure on the existing human and financial resources of the financially constrained transit agencies.
Transit agencies, standards development organisations (SDO), rider groups, private vendors and the federal government all recognise the importance of maintaining bus and rail transit systems in SGR and the significance of asset management in that regard. Riders are seeking improved conditions. Transit agencies are giving priority to SGR reinvestment needs and emphasizing transit asset management (TAM) as the path to SGR. Further, SDOs have been publishing ANSI certified asset management standards, which highlight process management improvement, asset management planning, digital data management, systems engineering for supporting hardware and software, and professional certification. Private vendors have been developing and marketing improved assessment tools, life cycle asset management systems and maintenance management systems.
In addition, there is a coordinated national policy framework in place. The United States Department of Transportation identifies SGR as a National transportation strategic goal. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has established TAM and SGR as the highest priorities. The 2012 authorisation legislation, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), introduced a new USD2.1 billion SGR capital program, and companion TAM and safety provisions including TAM and safety rules. The 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act continued to promote SGR and TAM including additional funding for the SGR program and the associated TAM requirements.
In July 2016, FTA published a “Final Rule for Transit Asset Management”, which requires FTA grantees to develop TAM plans for vehicles, facilities, equipment and other infrastructure. The new rule will come into effect from October 2016 and requires agencies to complete plans within two years, and establish preliminary SGR performance targets by January 2017. It will also establish new reporting requirements for the National Transit Database on asset classes, condition and performance. As noted, the TAM rule is a part of a larger performance management context. Other related rules are the National Public Transit Safety Plan, Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan, and Statewide and Metropolitan Planning.
The Fifth Transit State of Good Repair conference is being held on March 9 - 10, 2017 at the Willard InterContinental, Washington, DC.
The conference aims to continue assisting the transit industry, both public and private sector members, in building the technical and managerial capacity for robust TAM in support of SGR. It will focus on the building and implementing state of the art TAM plans.
Regulations relevant to TAM and SGR
Funding provisions for TAM planning
Employing state-of-the-art condition assessment sensing, life cycle costing and forecasting systems
System-wide upgrades such as PTC
Leveraging existing systems and new technologies to improve asset performance
Capital programming and SGR project delivery
Setting performance measures and targets
Reporting requirements of the National Transit Database
Opportunities in training and certification
Thursday, 9 March, 2017 - Friday, 10 March, 2017 8:30 AM - 4:00 PMEastern Time
Willard InterContinental1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NorthwestDistrict of Columbia WashingtonUSA
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