TIME STANDARDS PROJECT




ABSTRACT

This report summarizes the main findings and activities of the first phase of the Repair Time Standard project for Transit Vehicles. A team of two faculty from the Center of Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), one faculty from the Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department (IMSE), two graduate students and one undergraduate student from IMSE conducted an analysis of the brake system procedure in three different locations: Lynx – Orlando, Palm Tran – West Palm and Hartline – Tampa. The study was conducted from September 2001 to August 2002. This report describes in detail the procedure followed by the maintenance technicians for changing the brakes of the buses. Ideas and recommendations for improvement are also provided.

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ABSTRACT

This report summarizes the main findings and activities done towards the development of time standard for the preventive maintenance of the transit vehicles. In the first phase of the project, time standards were developed for the brake system component of transit vehicles and during this phase they have been extended to the preventive maintenance. Preventive maintenance (PM) is carried out periodically to ensure effective operation of the buses. A faculty from the Center of Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), along with one faculty with three graduate students from the Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department conducted an analysis of the preventive maintenance procedure. The study was conducted at three different locations: Hartline -- Tampa, PSTA (Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority) -- Clearwater, Lynx -- Orlando, from February 2003 to January 2004. This report describes in detail the procedure followed by the maintenance technicians for preventive maintenance of the buses. Time standards are proposed for the preventive maintenance process along with ideas and recommendations for improvement.


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ABSTRACT

This project is the continuation of the successful Repair Time Standards research initiative started two years ago to establish accurate repair time standards for vehicles in public transit systems. During this third phase the engine removal and replacement system were studied and evaluated. Standards that optimize the time required to perform tasks, continually improve reliability of services and conserve resources at a minimum cost will be established. One of the tasks during phase III was to benchmark the proposed methodology and preliminary results with current practices from other transit agencies nationwide including the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City, New York; the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authorization in Atlanta, Georgia; the San Francisco Municipal Railway in San Francisco, California; and the Metropolitan Bus Authority in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This report summarizes the results of the visits to these facilities. In addition, during this research we explored another technique used for developing standards namely MODular Arrangement of Predetermined Time Standard (MODAPTS). This tool was used to validate the observations taken at the various transit facilities in central Florida, and to develop reliable standards which resulted on improved productivity.


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