An understanding of current urban transit bus maintenance facility capabilities is needed for use in planning new facilities and for the evaluation of requests for aid. Industry guidelines, based on a survey of 55 properties with fleets of 11 to 4300 buses, were developed for garages, shops, service lanes, and capital equipment. Facility ages varied from new to 100 years; 61 percent were older than 21 years. Building costs varied from a low of $12 to $28 a square foot for indoor bus storage space, to a high of $55 to $82 a square foot for equipment intensive servicing facilities (1975 dollars). Cost multiplier curves for bid forecast years from 1975 to 1985 were developed, including inflation rates varying from 6 to 12 percent per year. Small, single facility properties (less than 100 buses) were found to have greater unit space needs for repairs than large properties.

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    Mitre Corporation

    Westgate Research Park
    McLean, VA  United States  22101

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Thurlow, V S
    • Bachman, J A
    • Lovett, C D
  • Publication Date: 1975-11

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  • Pagination: 145 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00094608
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MTR-7080, UMTA-VA-06-0004-75-5
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-UT-10005
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 14 1981 12:00AM