Key contributors to address maintenance concerns for rural transit systems are an aging fleet, poor maintenance practices, and a lack of technical expertise. This lack of local maintenance expertise is especially severe in rural areas. This paper examines the general requirements and maintenance service approach for a Regional Maintenance Center model in rural transportation systems. Among other findings of this study, it was determined that Regional Maintenance Centers, with a training center for mechanics and drivers, could improve vehicle reliability, increase vehicle longevity, and improve service to transit clientele. Also determined was that a generalized “onesize- fits-all” regional maintenance program could actually be counter-productive. Regional Maintenance Centers must be designed and located so potential use by rural transit service providers is maximized in order to provide superior serviceability and quality customer service.
Beruvides, Mario G, Simonton, James L, Waters, Natalie M, Ng, Ean-Harn, Chaivichitmalakul, Siva, Chiu-Wei, Cheng-Chu, Altintas, Pelin Z, Nash, Phil, Barroso, Luis A & Moon, Paul.
The Concept of a Regional Maintenance Center.
Journal of Public Transportation, 12 (3): 105-118.
Available at: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/jpt/vol12/iss3/6