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.