THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF OLYMPIC OPERATION

Maintenance operations for Southern California Rapid Transit District during the 1984 Olympic Games were the subject of much planning. SCRTD acquired 550 new buses, retained older units due for retirement, and leased others from nearby transit agencies. The maintenance force has been expanded substantially since 1979, funding has been increased, new facilities built and maintenance management upgraded with the result that bus reliability is now about 5 times higher than 5 years earlier. For the Olympics, it proved difficult to determine in advance just where the heaviest passenger movements would be and where vehicles should be assigned. Mechanics and tow trucks were to be stationed at each event site for immediate action in case of bus failures. Because part-time drivers would be employed for the expanded Olympic service, it was anticipated that many vehicle problems might not be detected in time to prevent complete breakdowns. With the tight SCRTD budget, size of its service area, increase in ridership literally overnight, the number of temporary vehicles to be operated and many additional factors that affected operation, transit for the Olympics was seen as a unique challenge.

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    Bobit Publishing Company

    2500 Artesia Boulevard
    Redondo Beach, CA  United States  90278
  • Publication Date: 1984-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 5 p.
  • Serial:
    • Metro
    • Volume: 80
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Bobit Publishing Company
    • ISSN: 10098-0083

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  • Accession Number: 00387930
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1984 12:00AM