Recent years have seen suspension of commercial flights because of runway deterioration, restricted operating speeds because of deteriorating railroad tracks and roadbeds, questions about the effects of reduced service levels on structural investment and safety, and increased pressure to optimize use of limited resources. It has been suggested that federal aid for maintenance and all-modes management systems may hold some solutions. This paper deals with those issues. The federal aid for maintenance alternatives posed by some is supported but only if it comes in the form of a highway development and operation block grant to each state. Expansion of the categorical grant approach will result in the addition of cumbersome and costly procedures and provide no real benefit. After enumerating several approaches, the paper suggests that an all-modes maintenance management system would operate most effectively as a joint decision-making process by modal administrators with guidance and assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 3-4
  • Monograph Title: Maintenance management, the federal role, unionization, pavement maintenance, and ice control
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00153140
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025672
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 31 1977 12:00AM