Best Practices for State DOTs to Meet Bus Fleet Replacement and Expansion Needs

This report documents the different policies and programs used by State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) to help meet statewide bus replacement and fleet expansion needs. A national survey of Section 5311 and Section 5310 Program Managers at State DOTs was applied to investigate the policies and programs used to expand or sustain capacity in light of limited Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding. Research revealed the useful life status of State Sections 5310, 5311 and 5311(f) vehicle fleets. The report also explores the common and the innovative approaches to extending useful life and revenue service of FTA funded vehicles. The report includes a comparison of State DOT policies and programs and best practices regarding acquisition methods, extending useful life, and asset management practices aimed at keeping vehicles in a state of good repair.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This research was sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, and was conducted in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, which is administered by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.
  • Corporate Authors:

    RLS & Associates, Incorporated

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    ICF International

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  • Authors:
    • Brown, Laura
    • Fittante, Steve
    • Garrity, Richard
    • Amiet, Rosamary
    • O’Connell, Susan
    • Gallivan, Frank
    • Choe, James
  • Publication Date: 2016-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 106p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01671255
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NCHRP Project 20-65, Task 65
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 2018 10:18AM