RAIL CAR COST CONTAINMENT STUDY

The study/program was directed to consideration of procurement and operation issues which could affect the total cost of ownership for the METRA BiLevel cars which are planned for purchase in the near future. The issues addressed were organized in two parts: (1) technical items such as car definition, car specifications, car cost projections, car procurement work breakdown structure, standardization, off-the-shelf hardware, energy savings, and handicapped accessibility requirements; (2) non-technical items such as contract terms and conditions, project management, contract types, order size, Chicago area assembly, financing alternatives, life-cycle costing, reliability and maintainability with many of the above discussed in detail with existing rail car builders. Selected comments were incorporated in the study findings. The most significant findings included major savings to be derived in procurement through innovative financing and application of modern management methods, plus operational savings available from system-wide use of thorough maintenance and reliability provisions in planning, tracking and evaluation of car repair operations.

  • Corporate Authors:

    GIBBS & HILL

    NEW YORK,    
  • Publication Date: 1991-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 209 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00616083
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-IL-08-7001-91-1
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1991 12:00AM