The National Academies

TCRP E-04 [Completed]

Guidelines for the Development of Public Transportation Management Systems

  Project Data
Funds: $200,000
Research Agency: Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Gary M. Hoffman
Effective Date: 6/10/1994
Completion Date: 5/31/1995

This report will be of interest to those involved in developing a Public Transportation Facilities and Equipment Management System (hereinafter referred to as PTMS) for a state department of transportation. Guidelines clarify the intent of the federal PTMS regulations to assist agencies in formulating a system that meets the needs of their states. A range of options is described for each of the components in a PTMS, and minimum requirements are clearly defined.

Under TCRP Project E-4, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc., was responsible for developing guidelines to assist agencies in meeting the federal regulations for PTMSs. The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 requires the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue regulations on the development and implementation of six management systems, including a system for managing public transportation facilities and equipment. ISTEA requires that the results of these management systems be considered in making decisions under Title 23 of the U.S. Code and the Federal Transit Act. The Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration published an Interim Final Rule on December 1, 1993. It required states to develop a work plan for the PTMS by October 1, 1994, and have the PTMS fully operational by October 1996.

The researchers began by conducting interviews with a wide range of state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and transit agencies to understand (a) how the initial PTMSs were being developed and (b) how the stakeholders anticipated using the systems to make their capital investment decisions in the future. A PTMS process was then developed that allows the states to choose from a range of approaches, beginning with a basic system, which could be expanded in the future.

TCRP Report No. 5, "Guidelines for Development of Public Transportation Facilities and Equipment Management Systems," answers basic questions about the federal regulations and the PTMS. A baseline approach to the establishment of a PTMS is discussed, and the potential benefits for each of the stakeholders are described. The guidelines then describe such specific components of the PTMS process as a master inventory and a system for rating the condition of all assets. The last chapter of the guidelines outlines the steps for implementing a PTMS, from establishing a PTMS organization, to collecting, evaluating, and reporting data.

TCRP Report 5 is also available in portable document format (PDF). Double-click on the files below to access the report. (A free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader is available at https://www.adobe.com.)

Front Matter; Chapter 1: Background; Chapter 2: Description of the PTMS Process; and Chapter 3: Implementing a PTMS (1,163 Kb)

Appendixes A, B, C, D, E, and F (1,148 Kb)

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