URBAN MOBILITY FORUM / FORUM SUR LA MOBILITÉ URBAINE - WINTER / HIVER 2017 - 34
CUTA FEATURE | DOSSIER DE L'ACTU
Taking Action on Asset Management
By Jason Allen, Director, Learning & Networking, Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)
I WAS AT the June Accessible Transit workshop of the Prairie
and Territories chapter of CUTA. I had met a gentleman two
days earlier at the welcome reception, and knew he was the
maintenance manager for a Northern Alberta paratransit
organization. We were on coffee break, and I knew he'd
spent the whole morning in the technical roundtable meeting,
discussing issues relevant to his role.
"How was your morning?" I asked, as a conversation starter.
He shook his head slowly, took a sip of his coffee and said
"I have so...so much to learn."
Like almost any transit maintenance manager in Canada,
he was feeling the pinch. An aging fleet, limited funds for
replacement, and constantly being asked to do more with
less. Perhaps even extend the life of his vehicles beyond what
he thought possible. How was he going to make it happen?
Any organization that has any kind of assets, would benefit
from some kind of long term plan for upkeep, maintenance,
and extending the life of those assets. Many small agencies,
however, don't know how to create an asset management
program, or even where to start with learning about one.
That's where CUTA can come in.
Asset management (AM) is more than just a maintenance
schedule. It's a detailed plan of what preventative maintenance to do when, to improve in-service time and extend
the life of the vehicle. But it also includes principles such as
parts inventory (to reduce repair times) and a host of other
considerations that go into increasing the efficiency of the
CUTA is committed to spreading the word about what our
members are doing when it comes to asset management
and maintenance best practices. Anyone who has taken the
five-day AM course from John King and Dave Geake knows
that their expertise runs deep and wide. This program has
assisted dozens of transit systems across Canada to develop
and refine their asset management plans.
Graduates of the program have returned to their systems
and are now extending the lives of their buses to upwards of
25 years, saving money and resources that can be used
to improve service and reduce wait times.
We know that ongoing professional
development, a strong network of industry peers, and opportunities to share
information and knowledge are keys to
growing a strong asset management program, and keeping it flexible and able to
adapt to changing needs.
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