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A Desk Guide for Inventory Managers in the Transit Industry
Report Number: RRD-028
This digest was developed to provide a readily usable reference guide to assist transit managers and staff to better understand, evaluate, and manage inventory.  It summaries inventory control techniques appropriate to the transit industry, decision-making techniques, and benchmark references.  The final report, which describes the analyses and case studies performed during the course of the project, is available as TCRP Web Document 4 on the Internet at www2.nas.edu/trbcrp.
A Guidebook for Developing and Sharing Transit Bus Maintenance Practices
A Guidebook for Developing and Sharing Transit Bus Maintenance Practices
Report Number: R-109
This report provides guidance on how to develop effective transit bus maintenance practices tailored to one's local operating environment. In addition, it provides seven sample practices developed using the guidance. This report should be of interest to transit bus maintenance managers and others interested in the development of written transit bus maintenance procedures and the sharing of these practices with others in the transit industry.
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A Guidebook for the Evaluation of Project Delivery Methods
Report Number: R-131
This report examines various project delivery methods for major transit capital projects.  The report also explores the impacts, advantages, and disadvantages of including operations and maintenance as a component of a contract for a project delivery method.
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Adaptive Diagnostic System Demonstration Project
Report Number: IDEA-02
The project developed a programmable PC-based tester with artificial intelligence capabilities for maintenance troubleshooting of electronic systems in transit equipment. The general system-level software and the neural network diagnostic subsystem originally proposed and designed had to be reassessed in view of the new advances in hardware and software and the results of system development and testing tasks. This led to several changes in the original work plan, which included using the preamp circuit rather than the XA-3 board as the focus of additional neural network testing and evaluation, changing the software to incorporate the Windows 95 operating system, and using and incorporating an improved test executive subsystem.
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Analyzing the Costs of Operating Small Transit Vehicles
Analyzing the Costs of Operating Small Transit Vehicles
Report Number: R-061
This User's Guide explains the accompanying Small Transit Vehicle economics (STVe) model -- a tool designed for transit planners and others making decisions about the purchase of small transit vehicles for different services and operating environments. The User's Guide describes how to run the model and interpret its results.
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Chemical and Biological Decontamination System for Rail Transit Facilities
Chemical and Biological Decontamination System for Rail Transit Facilities
Report Number: IDEA-45
This report is an investigation into the potential use and effectiveness of a remotely operated Electrostatically Charged Aerosol Decontamination (ECAD) process for decontaminating a rail transit station after a chemical or biological release.
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Closing the Knowledge Gap for Transit Maintenance Employees: A Systems Approach
Closing the Knowledge Gap for Transit Maintenance Employees: A Systems Approach
Report Number: R-029
This report presents guidelines on evaluating and implementing strategies to improve the skills of the transit industry's maintenance workforce in order to keep pace with evolving technology. This report will be of interest to transit decision-makers, maintenance managers, organized labor, vendors, human resources departments, and training personnel. The report is intended to help maintenance departments develop highly skilled, high-performance work organizations. Research was undertaken by Rand Corporation to assess technological demands, document current practices, and examine and propose new approaches to link maintenance-staffing practices with evolving technology to improve effectiveness. The areas addressed in the research included the range of programs currently in place, differences and similarities in current practice, analysis of major pitfalls and keys to success, an examination of vendor roles and responsibilities in training, and the effect of labor relations and work rules.
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Determining Training for New Technologies: A Decision Game and Facilitation Guide
Determining Training for New Technologies: A Decision Game and Facilitation Guide
Report Number: R-096
The goal of this project was to help managers identify the necessary training for new technologies.  This report will be of interest to managers responsible for implementing new technologies. It will also be useful to other members of new technology procurement teams, representing operations, maintenance, human resources, legal, finance, and training departments. Cognitive task analysis was used to design a simulation game that would allow managers to rapidly acquire the decision skills needed for identifying the necessary training for new technologies.
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Energy Savings Strategies for Transit Agencies
Report Number: S-106
This synthesis describes energy reduction strategies being used in the United State and Canada that address vehicle technologies; vehicle operations, maintenance, and service design; non-revenue vehicles; stations and stops; building; indirect energy use; and renewable power generation.
Evaluation of Bus Bulbs
Evaluation of Bus Bulbs
Report Number: R-065
This report produces guidelines to assist transit agencies, local government, and other public bodies in locating and designing bus stops that consider bus patrons’ convenience, safety and access to sites as well as safe transit operations and traffic flow. The second phase of this report evaluates bus bulbs, an innovation in the design of bus stops found in several major North American cites. This research project was a continuation of TCRP Project A-10, "Location and Design of Bus Stops on Major Streets and Highways," which culminated with TCRP Report 19, "Guidelines for the Location and Design of Bus Stops."
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