The Office of Transportation Management of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA), in conjunction with the Transportation Systems Center (TSC), designed and developed the Interactive Scheduling Program (ISP) to assist rail-transit operators in the scheduling of preventive maintenance. The ISP was first applied to the scheduling of warranty inspections for the new Light-Rail Vehicles (LRV's) acquired by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The warranty for these vehicles covers a 2-year period, and requires scheduled inspections every 45 days. While the ISP is designed for the LRV's, its scope could easily be broadened to aid any property with equipment whose maintenance is conducted on a calendar basis. This document describes the user's guide for the preliminary calendar version of an ISP. A computerized scheduling system is described that is designed to operate on a real-time or on-line basis. By utilizing a set of program commands, the user is allowed to enter and extract data relative to vehicle warranty scheduling. A scheduling algorithm was developed for this program which incorporates a variable work window whose purpose is to minimize fluctuations in the daily workload. This minimization results in less required manpower and overtime, therefore resulting in a reduced maintenance cost. The program operates on a five consecutive year span for the years between 1976 and 2000.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Downey, P J
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 30 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197441
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-UMTA-77-43 Handbook, UMTA-MA-06-0074-78-1
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-MA-06-0074
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1981 12:00AM