Cooperative Effort among Small Light Rail Properties to Control Costs of Maintenance and Overhauls

This paper describes how the Light Rail Vehicle Maintenance User Group was formed to take advantage of purchasing power and collective maintenance experience of its individual members. Prior to the group’s formation, smaller transit properties did not enjoy the economies of scale or the sense of urgency from material or service providers as did many larger transit properties. Technical matters requiring vendor support often took longer than expected and usually cost more than planned to resolve them satisfactorily. Smaller properties simply didn’t command the economic clout needed to encourage full engagement or demand lower material costs from their vendors. Recognizing the potential for cooperation, a handful of small transit properties started meeting twice a year in 2002. Vehicle maintenance management and key purchasing agents from each of the properties worked together to identify common areas of interest and formed cooperative initiatives to take advantage of the influence and purchasing power of the collective body.

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    American Public Transportation Association

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  • Authors:
    • Campbell, Mitchell
    • Frohnsdorf, Klaus
    • Mack, Lloyd
    • Price, Jim
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  • Publication Date: 2005


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 6p
  • Monograph Title: Rail Transit Conference Proceedings, 2005

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  • Accession Number: 01002143
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1931594155
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2005 10:50AM