In 1982, Congress mandated that transit properties use life cycle costs in evaluating manufactures' proposals for the procurement of buses. This study analyzes the results of 25 transit properties which utilized life cycle costs in their bus procurements. The purpose of this anslysis is to enable transit properties to benefit from the experiences of others, and enable them to avoid the pitfalls inherent in the first time use of life cycle costing procurement procedures. This is accomplished by a detailed evaluation of the transit properties' Invitation for Bids, the manufactures' responses, and the methodologies used by the transit properties for evaluating the manufacturer' proposals. This evaluation indicates that different methodologies were used by the manufacturers in developing some of the same cost elements of their life cycle cost. The methodologies used resulted in significantly different cost estimates for essentially the same vehicle. This study shows the effect of these cost variations on the final award.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • References in the report, Appendix A "Life Cycle Cost Specifications from the Invitation for Bids" and Appendix B "Manufacturers Life Cycle Cost Proposals," are bound under separate cover.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Technology Applications, Incorporated

    5201 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1000
    Falls Church, VA  United States  22041

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Bailey, B
    • Graves, M
    • Szten, E
  • Publication Date: 1984-12

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 897 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00393528
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-VA-06-0112-84-1Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DTUM60-83-C-71222
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 29 1985 12:00AM