State DOT’s use a variety of approaches in assessing the condition of local, state and federally funded transit assets. For several reasons, including but not limited to: scarce or diminished funding streams and resources; influx of federal funds (such as the stimulus money and state of good repair); accountability; performance measuring; and so forth, it is important that an accurate assessment of the condition be performed and readily available.
The objective of this research was to develop a resource for state DOTs to use in assessing and managing the condition of federally funded assets. Although state DOTs have a history of implementing highway asset management programs and practices, transit asset management (TAM) practices at state DOTs are less mature, especially for small urban and rural transit provider sub-recipients. In addition to the report, the study provides three resource appendices: an annotated bibliography of documents and guidance relevant to transit asset management, the full responses of the web-based survey of state departments of transportation, and a matrix to summarize TAM best practices. Best practices include information from literature and from survey respondents. The matrix cites the source of each best practice idea.
Unpublished, contractor's final report.