KEY TMAARC ACTIVITIES




  1. Maintenance Training Classes
    Course surveys are completed by each transit agency twice a year before each training session to assess what areas and topics should be covered in classes. CUTR has managed the program through a mix of contracted services, in-house training module development and delivery, state level scheduling based on agency surveys, and a process to document and archive long term training trends and results. Program leaders are currently working with Votran and JTA to help develop and administer state sponsored training and testing.

    Technicians are reimbursed for travel (if over 50 miles from their home property), lodging, and meals. Classes are usually held Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm and average about 20 students. At the end of the class, the students complete anonymous evaluations of the class content and the instructor. The instructor also completes an evaluation of each student. Pre- and post-class tests are given to monitor student progress. All students attending the class are given a certificate. A certificate of completion is given to all students who pass their final examination. Those students who do not achieve the minimum score on their exam are awarded a certificate of participation. Classes yield an average increase of 32% from pre- to post-test scores.


  2. Maintenance Forum Listserv
    This listserv is open to all maintenance technicians, managers, trainers, or others interested in vehicle maintenance. Introduced in January 2000, this list is growing in size and contributions. It is used as an open forum on all issues related to maintenance, including buses and parts for sale or needed, questions on repairs, training issues, and other topics.


  3. State Roadeos
    TMAARC provides timely logistical support for the annual Florida Triple Crown Bus Roadeo. FDOT and CUTR work closely to ensure this event, hosted by a different property each year, runs smoothly. TMAARC also provides related training and testing prior to the event.


  4. Statewide Equipment Inventory
    CUTR maintains and periodically updates an extensive inventory of vehicles and sub-components (e.g.engine and transmission types, wheelchair lifts) from each transit property. An updated inventory aids in new training development. By monitoring new equipment acquisition, TMAARC can tailor courses to the specific needs of the transit agencies.