Bus Maintenance Cost Control

by James F. Foerster, Univ of Illinois at Chicago, Sch of, Urban Planning & Policy, Chicago, IL, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Innovative Strategies to Improve Urban Transportation Performance

Abstract: Effective bus maintenance programs are essential for the cost-effective provision of reliable transit service. Standard tools for maintenance management include preventative maintenance programs, work order and inventory management systems, pre and post-run inspections, fluid monitoring and periodic performance reporting. Hardware approaches for improving maintenance include the use of automatic diagnostic equipment, engine oil analysis, and engine/transmission dynamometer testing as well as component retrofit and improved subsystem specification development. Less widely adopted approaches for maintenance improvement include enhanced job performance aids, work standards and methods analysis, component failure analysis, and simulation methods for manpower planning and maintenance policy testing.

Subject Headings: Maintenance | Failure analysis | Buses | Systems management | Financial management | Standards and codes | Inventories | Inspection

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