Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems. Topic SE-06. Successful Maintenance and Safety Practices for Elevators and Escalators in US Transit Agencies

As transportation facilities in the United States age, as well as face increases in usage, the quantity of properly-functioning elevators and escalators available for public use declines. Elevator and escalator outages decrease the confidence of riders who rely on vertical transportation technology to get from level A to level B of a transportation facility. Importantly, transportation agencies have begun to address this challenge by implementing proactive maintenance programs to ensure safe and reliable elevator and escalator operation during all hours of transit operation. This synthesis will examine selected agencies' elevator and escalator maintenance and safety practices in the United States. It will document successful practices to control inconsistencies by improving maintenance strategies that provide the safest and most reliable access to users, as well as lessen unnecessary expenditures on elevator and escalator repairs. This synthesis will be used to aid public transit agencies and other stakeholders in deciding how to proceed in developing successful maintenance and safety practices. A literature review, survey of appropriate stakeholders, and detailed case studies/profiles will be accomplished to provide information, including lessons learned and gaps in information.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $35000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Start Date: 20100701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 26604

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461363
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:44PM