Cable Car Renovation Project: On Time and on Budget

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by Fred C. Kreitzberg, O'Brien-Kreitzberg & Associates, Inc, San Francisco, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Organization and Management of Public Transport Projects:

Abstract: San Francisco Municipal Railway officials had originally expected it would take three years to renovate the nine miles of deteriorated trackway and restore and seismically upgrade the cable car barn. However, the merchants who depend on the cable cars to deliver tourists to their places of business - particularly those on Fisherman's Wharf - complained so insistently that the city retained O'Brien-Kreitzberg (OKA) as consultants to see if the schedule could be shortened. The completion of the cable car renovation project on schedule and on budget at a time when most urban transit projects suffer from serious cost and schedule overruns demonstrates the effectiveness of retaining a construction manager who will (1) take an aggressive approach to scheduling, quality control and reporting activities; and (2) who can serve as an objective third party in bringing owner, design consultant, contractors and the community together in a team effort.

Subject Headings: Cables | Project management | Renovation | Light rail transit | Automobiles | Scheduling | Railroad trains | Consulting services |

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