MARTA's Car Overhaul Program: Current Status

This paper describes how the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is in the midst of a major mid-life overhaul of two series of cars, one group of 118 cars of French manufacture dating back to the start of MARTA rail service in the late 1970s and the other comprising 120 cars from a Japanese supplier from the mid-1980s. These two groups of cars represent about 70% of the total MARTA fleet! In June 2003, MARTA reported to APTA the need or the overhaul of these cars, the scope of work (which differs for the two car series), the logistics challenges of managing the overhaul in the midst of several other competing railcar capital programs, and the award of the overhaul contract to a single proposer. With the experience of more than two years into the process, this paper summarizes the foregoing information and presents the current status of the project. It includes the project activities since the last report, challenges and surprises in execution, and the results to date. By the time of the APTA Rail Conference in June 2005, MARTA will have received and tested the first two prototype cars of one series and the contractor will have established their assembly line and work stations for full production. In addition, the prototyping of the second series of cars should be completed, qualification tests underway, and its production line started. With such a large portion of its fleet involved in this overhaul program, its success is extremely critical to MARTA's ability to deliver attractive and reliable service for the foreseeable future. It is a part of MARTA's major infrastructure renewal program being championed under the theme … Getting as good as new. MARTA's experience and lessons learned thus far should be useful to APTA members considering similar programs.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 6p
  • Monograph Title: Rail Transit Conference Proceedings, 2005

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01002140
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1931594155
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2005 10:25AM