Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems. Topic SE-04. Track Maintenance Costs on Rail Transit Properties

Rail transit agencies spend a significant portion of their operating budgets on track and track structure maintenance and repairs. Based on largely undocumented and often anecdotal information, maintenance costs appear to vary widely from agency to agency when factors such as size, age, and operating conditions appear similar. Some of the differences may be attributed to the type of maintenance program. For example, well-developed, proactive maintenance policies and practices would be expected to lead to lower costs. However, this does not appear to be sufficient to explain the apparent wide variations in maintenance costs among transit agencies. This synthesis will survey US rail transit agencies to obtain a mix of information about older and newer track structure designs and vehicles. It will document the state-of-the-practice for both managing executives and engineering managers, investigating costs for maintenance and repair of track and structures so that agencies may view their operations, policies and expenditures in line with others in the industry. </font>


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $30000.00
  • 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

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

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Principal Investigators:

    Daniels, L

  • Start Date: 20000101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20071101
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16040

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462692
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:08PM