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

Key Topic Discussed:

  • Introductions
  • FTMC Charter
  • FTMC Priorities

Joe Cheney Jr., FTMC Chair

Joe Cheney Junior headshotJoseph Cheney Jr. has 28 years of public transit experience specializing in the areas of fleet management, vehicle design & procurement, advanced vehicle technology and electrical systems. Mr. Cheney Jr’s experience includes managing large bus fleets of various 30-foot through 60-foot platforms; propulsion systems including diesel, diesel-electric hybrid, CNG, battery electric, electric trolley bus, dual mode electric and hydrogen fuel cell. In addition, Mr. Cheney Jr. has directly overseen numerous deployments of new vehicle propulsion technology and commissioned over 1,500 vehicles.
Mr. Cheney Jr. started his transit career at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston Massachusetts where he spent 23 years before retiring in 2014. During his tenure, Joseph held numerous positions in the maintenance department including technician, automotive foreman, maintenance supervisor, technical project manager, section chief of revenue garages and director of maintenance & engineering for operations. In his role as director, Mr. Cheney Jr. managed a fleet of 1,050 revenue vehicles, 1,000 non-revenue vehicles; had oversight of all training and engineering activity across 12 garage locations; managed a staff of over 1,000 employees including 15 different trade unions.

For the past 4-1/2 years, Joseph has been the Deputy Director of Fleet Operations for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority located in Pinellas County (PSTA), Florida. Mr. Cheney Jr.’s oversight at PSTA encompasses maintenance of all PSTA operated vehicles.Mr. Cheney Jr. holds numerous certifications in the vehicle maintenance field.

Elvis Dovales, FTMC Vice-Chair

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.