of many other large US transit agencies to improve service reliability (fewer bus breakdowns) and lower overall maintenance cost.
Besides replacing vehicles, Metro needs to rehabilitate assets to keep them
working safely and reliably. The 2000- and 3000-Series rail cars were rehabili- tated when they reached 20 years of age, and the 4000-Series rail cars will also be rehabilitated once they reach that age. Metro’s regular bus rehabilitation program is necessary to achieve an average bus fleet age of 7½ years by ex- tending the useful life of a bus to 15 years. The result of this rehabilitation work is like-new rail cars and buses with cutting edge technological upgrades, safety e n h a n c e m e n t s , a n d e x t e n d e d l i f e c y c l e s . T h i s r e s u l t s i n c o s t s a v i n g s t h r o u g h
reduced maintenance and increased reliability. Correspondingly, the oldest rail yards and bus facilities that are critical to storing and maintaining Metro’s vehicle fleet are in need of rehabilitation.
Metro’s FY 2011 – 2020 Performance needs also capture other assets that are being capitalized for the first time. Previously, many of the information technology investments and all of the capital investments for the MetroAccess program were addressed under the operating budget. Now, in order to capture cost savings through a regular program of replacement and upgrades, these programs are
Metro is not alone in facing large capital needs that are necessary to maintain its existing system. FTA’s Rail Modernization Study, an April 2009 report to Congress, found that more than one-third of the assets of the nation’s seven largest transit agencies, including Metro, are near or have already exceeded their expected useful lives.
included in Metro’s CNI.
Metro is not alone in facing large capital needs that are necessary to maintain its existing system. The Federal Transit Administration’s Rail Modernization Study, an
April 2009 report to Congress, found that more than one-third of the assets of the nation’s seven largest transit agencies, including Metro, are near or have already exceeded their expected useful lives. The FTA study estimates that the backlog of capital needs of these seven agencies total roughly $50 billion.
The table below breaks down Metro’s $7.6 billion in Performance needs by asset category and project type (grouping of individual capital projects). The following sections provide additional detail by asset category.
FY 2011 - 2020
Replacement of Rail Cars
Replacement of Buses
Rehabilitation of Rail Cars
Rehabilitation of Buses
Vehicle Replacement Components
Purchase of MetroAccess Vehicles
Replacement of Service Vehicles
Performance Needs by Asset Category and Project Type
Asset Category Vehicles/ Vehicle Parts
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