Florida Transit Maintenance Consortium (FTMC)

The Transit Maintenance Analysis and Resource Center (TMAARC) owes much of its success to the efforts of the Florida Transit Maintenance Consortium (FTMC). Throughout the history of the program, this group has contributed insight, direction, and guidance. From identifying specific types of training needed in Florida to choosing a curriculum, the FTMC committee is the heart of what keeps TMAARC innovative and able to meet the changing needs of public transit maintenance professionals.

The Consortium is a collection of transit maintenance professionals from around the state and includes representatives from many public transportation agencies’ maintenance departments. We encourage maintenance directors, managers, trainers, and supervisors to participate in this group, as participation is open to all properties. The group acts as the eyes, ears, and voice of the maintenance department within the transit arena. They identify and bring resolution to many systemic equipment and/or policy issues that plague our agencies, as well as providing input and advice to policy makers and key stakeholders. The FTMC meets quarterly on a formal basis and at other times throughout the year as needed. All major decisions concerning program structure, format, content, and policy are put before the Committee for approval. Members of the Committee communicate their needs and opinions, and provide the program with feedback from the most important source – the maintenance departments and technicians themselves.

The FTMC elects a Committee Chair, currently Joseph Cheney Jr. (PSTA, Deputy Director of Fleet Operations), who is charged with the job of coordinating committee activities. Travel to and from FTMC meetings is reimbursable for one member from each property to attend the meeting in person, or you may participate via the conference call line. CUTR and FDOT also support and participate in the activities of the Consortium. If you are interested in participating in or attending one of our upcoming meetings, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

FTMC Meeting Minutes

June 5, 2018: Meeting Minutes

Febraury 24, 2022: Meeting Minutes

Elvis Dovales, FTMC Chair

Man in suit and tie looking at camera.Elvis R. Dovales has over 25 years of public transit experience in areas such as vehicle maintenance, vehicle maintenance training, training development, quality assurance, fleet operations management and fleet performance analytics. Mr. Dovales began his career in transit with the Central Florida Regional Transit Authority in Orlando Florida (DBA LYNX) in 1997. During his 25 years at LYNX Mr. Dovales has been a Bus Maintenance Technician, Training Assistant, Training Supervisor and Maintenance Manager, he is currently the Director of Maintenance.  As Director of Maintenance at LYNX he manages over 140 employees and oversees the maintenance and operation of 306 revenue vehicles, 130 support vehicles and pieces of equipment,  175 paratransit vehicles and 4 facilities.

While with LYNX Mr. Dovales has been involved the development, deployment and refinement of many areas of vehicle maintenance and management such as the Preventive Maintenance Program, the Fleet Management system and the Maintenance Training Orientation Program (TOP). He has also been heavily involved in the specification, evaluation and deployment of many vehicle purchases and several important capital projects.

Mr. Dovales holds or has held many industry and ASE certifications.

Carlos Zambrano, FTMC Vice-Chair

Carlos Zambrano brings over 20 years of public transit service and experience to the FTMC. He has served in a variety of positions in public transit including technician, facilities manager, and transit director. Mr. Zambrano began his career in transit with McDonald/RATP DEV in Marion Florida. Within the organization he served in the roles of scheduler, parts manager, technician, and manager, and oversaw the purchase of 10 buses. He worked primarily with 29 ft to 40 ft Gillig busses in this organization. Mr. Zambrano transferred to Texas to accept a promotion to Director over Facilities and Maintenance with McDonald/RAPT DEV. In this position, he provided oversight for a fleet of 50 buses and a staff of 15 employees, responsible for servicing two large counties. He served as the contract technical representative and provided quality control over the new construction of buildings. Mr. Zambrano currently serves as the Maintenance Manager at Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) where he leads 23 employees and maintains a fleet of 46 buses & trolleys and 29 paratransit vehicles. Since his arrival at ECAT, he has facilitated the purchase of 10 new fleet vehicles.

Mr. Zambrano has earned and holds many industries and ASE certifications. Mr. Zambrano received an Outstanding Achievement and Dedication to Public Transportation in the State of Florida Award, from the Department of Transportation in December 2016.

Carlos is a Certified Transit Technician (CTT) Cohort I graduate. Carlos attended CTT training from January 25, 2010, to August 2, 2012.