TAMNews - May 2018

transit asset management

TAMNews                                                 May 2018

FTA's Transit Asset Management (TAM) newsletter keeps you up to date on asset management initiatives and creates a forum for the industry to share information and learn from one another.

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Upcoming Events

Introduction to Transit Asset Management- Tier I Agencies: NTI will hold a training for Tier I providers on May 30- June 1 in Los Angeles, California. The course will provide an overview of key principles and best practices of transit asset management, as well as guidance on compliance with the TAM Final Rule.

Tools for a Smoother Ride Webinar: The Eno Center for Transportation will host a webinar at 4-4:30 p.m. ET on June 5. The webinar will discuss recommendations from their new paper, “Tools for a Smoother Ride: Managing Rail Assets and Leveraging Competition.”

Transit Asset Management for Tier II Providers and Sponsors: NTI will hold a training for Tier II providers and sponsors on July 11 in Portland, Maine. The course will provide an overview of and implementation guidance for Tier II providers intending to comply with the TAM Final Rule.

2018 TAM Roundtable: The 2018 TAM Roundtable will be held Sunday, July 15 in San Diego, California in conjunction with TRB’s 12th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management. At this time the Roundtable has reached capacity, but individuals can still be added to the waiting list. Registration is still open for the TRB Conference.

New Resources

Updated Webpages: The Getting Started and TAM Plans webpages have been updated and reorganized to provide agencies with information necessary to meet the requirements of the TAM Final Rule.

New FAQs: The TAM FAQs page has been updated to include additional information on targets and condition assessments.

Facility Performance Measure Reporting Guidebook, V1.2: FTA has released an updated version of the Facility Performance Measure Reporting Guidebook, featuring an updated Appendix B on Condition Rating Descriptions.

TAM Refresher Webinar: Find a recording and Q&A from the FTA February 22 TAM Refresher webinar on the TAM website.

Major Capital Replacements Webinar: A recording of the FTA March 28 Major Capital Replacements webinar is now available.

TAM for Tribes Webinar: FTA has released a recording of the FTA April 24 TAM for Tribal Populations webinar.

TAM Refresher II Webinar: A recording of the FTA April 25 TAM Refresher II webinar is now available.

The Economic Cost of Failing to Modernize Public Transportation: The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released a report on the importance of State of Good Repair (SGR) and reducing vulnerability to unanticipated events.

Tools for a Smoother Ride: Managing Rail Assets and Leveraging Competition: The Eno Center for Transportation released a new paper, finding that current rail maintenance practices are inadequate to meet today’s challenges.

Additions to the Peer Library

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) TAM Plan: See AC Transit’s TAM Plan in the Peer Library here.

Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) TAM Plan: See SARTA’s TAM Plan and accompanying Small Provider Plan Excel template in the Peer Library here.

Consider submitting your agency’s work to the TAM Peer Library: The TAM Peer Library showcases the best practices of transit agencies. Click the link to learn more and submit your work.


Baltimore Metro reopens ahead of schedule, offers free rides: The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration reopened the Metro SubwayLink system in March, three days ahead of schedule. The subway was shut down on February 11 after unexpected wear was found on the tracks, and inspections by an automated testing vehicle allowed for the reopening.

Before the state expands the T, it should upgrade its existing services, report says: A report by A Better City finds that although new Red and Orange line cars and signal improvements will dramatically increase capacity on both lines, Greater Boston needs far more public transit improvements in order to continue regional growth.

Blue line in Long Beach to close for a total of eight months next year to undergo $300 million renovation: The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is preparing to close the 22-mile Blue Line for eight months in order to complete the modernization of the transit agency’s oldest train line.

DC considers plan to replace streetcar fleet: The District Department of Transportation reports difficulty obtaining spare parts to complete repairs to its existing vehicles in a timely manner. Long-term budget plans call for at least $25 million in new streetcars to be purchased beginning in late 2020 or early 2021.

Maryland legislature gives final OK to bill that would increase MTA funding: The Maryland General Assembly approved legislation allocating an extra $178 million to the Maryland Transit Administration. The legislation also requires an annual grant to the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority, if funds are met by Virginia and the District of Columbia as well.

M.T.A construction costs threaten growth: A new report by the Regional Plan Association finds that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority could dramatically reduce its construction costs by rethinking how it manages public transit projects.