Six Sigma for Rail Transit Systems

The objective of this project is to support the efforts of New England professionals to improve rail transit systems by developing a Six Sigma Methodology that can be applied to rail transit systems and can improve capital and operating efficiencies. NEP has proposed a second phase to this effort which would ultimately produce a Six Sigma guide for transit maintenance personnel. Five case studies, inclusive of MDTA, MBTA, SEPTA, MARTA and CTA looked at this investment shortfall and the extended life of rail cars, it is critical that rail car maintenance program be closely assessed to determine how they can used to aid in improving capital and operating efficiencies for rail transit operations. With this framework, each site visit of the participating transit agencies was guided by Mean Distance Between Failures (MDBF).

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: National Research Program, National Research, Operations and Maintenanace


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $80000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Williams, Terrell

  • Performing Organizations:

    New England Professionals

    329 Schraffts Drive
    Suite G5
    Waterbury, CT  United States  06704
  • Principal Investigators:

    Cook, Kenneth

  • Start Date: 20080401
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090401
  • Source Data: RiP Project 20290

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01488640
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: FTA-CT-26-7009
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2013 2:15AM