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Performance-Based Planning & Programming - Transit Assets

Overview

 

Transit Assests

Transit Asset Management (TAM) is a key component of the federal performance-based planning process. FTA published the TAM Final Rule on July 26, 2016 (effective date of October 1, 2016) to define the term state of good repair and to establish minimum Federal requirements for transit asset management that apply to all recipients and subrecipients of chapter 53 funds that own, operate, or manage public transportation capital assets.

The TAM Final Rule divides providers into two categories based on size of fleet: Tier I and Tier II. In the CRTPO Planning Area, CATS is a Tier I agency and ICATS and Union County Transit are Tier II agencies. The distinctions in requirements for Tier I and Tier II agencies are detailed in the sections below.

 

Performance Measures & Targets

The TAM performance measures in the tables below were established as part of the TAM Final Rule. Transit operators who are recipients or subrecipients of chapter 53 funds are required to submit TAM targets to the National Transit Database (NTD) annually. Initial (current) TAM targets were due to FTA by January 1, 2017. However, many transit operators did not have the data necessary to set targets by this date and did not meet this deadline. MPOs had 180 days to establish regional targets after transit providers set and shared their initial targets.

CATS adopted initial (current) TAM targets in October 2018 as a part of their initial TAM plan. CRTPO endorsed CATS’ TAM targets in May 2019. NCDOT, on behalf of the Tier II agencies in the state, adopted initial (current) TAM targets prior to the January 1, 2017 deadline.

CATS TAM Targets

Asset

Category

Vehicle Class / Type

Fleet Size

Useful Life Benchmark (ULB)

FY19

Target

FY19 Performance

FY19 Difference

FY20 Target

(% Exceeding ULB)

(% Exceeding ULB)

Rolling Stock

BR

Over-the-road Bus

96

14 years

45%

45.00%

0%

65%

BU

Bus

204

12 years

23%

30.30%

-7.30%

10%

CU

Cutaway Bus

85

5 years

0%

0%

-1.19%

11%

LR

Light Rail

42

30 years

0%

0%

0%

0%

MV

Mini-van

25

8 years

20%

42.86%

-22.86%

92%

SR

Streetcar

3

30 years

0%

0%

0%

0%

VN

Van

21

5 years

20%

36.51%

-16.51%

45%

 

Asset

Category

Vehicle Class / Type

Fleet Size

Useful Life Benchmark (ULB)

FY19

Target

FY19 Performance

FY19 Difference

FY20 Target

(% Exceeding ULB)

(% Exceeding ULB)

Equipment

AO

Automobile (non-revenue)

18

8 years

50%

92.86%

-42.86%

83%

AO

Trucks and Other Rubber Tire Vehicles

231

14 years

50%

21.49%

28.51%

5%

AO

Steel Wheel Vehicles

1

25 years

50%

0%

50%

50%

 

Asset

Category

Facility Type

# of Facilities

Term Rating: Benchmark

FY19

Target

FY19 Performance

FY19 Difference

FY20 Target

(% Exceeding TERM)

(% Exceeding TERM)

Facilities

N/A

Administrative and Maintenance

15

3.0

0%

0%

0%

0%

N/A

Passenger and Parking

55

3.0

3%

0%

3%

3%

 

Asset

Category

Infrastructure Type

# of Miles

Avg. Restriction: Benchmark

FY19

Target

FY19 Performance

FY19 Difference

FY20 Target

(% Track W/ Restrict)

(% Track W/Restrict)

Infrastructure

LR

Light Rail

37.49

N/A

8%

0%

8%

8%

SR

Streetcar Rail

2.8

N/A

1%

0%

1%

N/A

*Targets established by CATS in 2019.

NCDOT TAM Targets

Asset

Category

Performance Measures

Asset Class

Useful Life Benchmark (ULB)

2020

Target

2021

Target

Revenue Vehicles

Age - % of revenue vehicles within a particular asset class that have met or exceeded their ULB

AO – Automobile

8

20%

20%

BU – Bus

14

20%

20%

CU – Cutaway Bus

10

20%

20%

MB – Mini-bus

10

20%

20%

MV – Mini-van

8

20%

20%

SV – Sport Utility Vehicle

8

20%

20%

VN – Van

8

20%

20%

Other

8

20%

20%

Equipment

Age - % of vehicles that have met or exceeded their ULB

Non-Revenue /

Service Automobile

8

20%

20%

Steel Wheel Vehicles

8

20%

20%

Trucks and Other Rubber Tire Vehicles

8

20%

20%

Maintenance Equipment

Agency Determined

20%

20%

Computer Software

Agency Determined

20%

20%

Custom 3

Agency Determined

20%

20%

Facilities

Condition - % of facilities with a condition rating below 3.0 on the FTA Transit Economic Requirements Model (TERM) Scale

Administrative

N/A

20%

20%

Maintenance

N/A

20%

20%

Parking Structures

N/A

20%

20%

Passenger Facilities

N/A

20%

20%

Shelter

N/A

20%

20%

Storage

N/A

20%

20%

Custom 3

N/A

N/A

 

*Targets established by NCDOT January 2020.

Transit operators must update their TAM targets annually.  MPOs are encouraged to update their TAM targets when they update their TIP or MTP.

 

Plans

As part of the TAM Final Rule, every agency that owns, operates, or manages capital assets used to provide public transportation and receives federal financial assistance under 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53 as a recipient or subrecipient must develop a TAM Plan. The TAM Final Rule required initial TAM plans to be developed by October 1, 2018. A TAM Plan update is required at least every four years but the plan can be amended at any time.

Tier I agencies must develop their own TAM plan and comply with all nine elements defined in the TAM Final Rule. Tier II agencies may develop their own plans or participate in a group TAM plan, which is compiled by a group TAM plan sponsor (generally the State DOT). Tier II agencies are responsible for only the first four plan elements (as outlined in the TAM Final Rule).

CATS developed its TAM plan in October 2018. NCDOT completed its group TAM plan on behalf of the Tier II agencies in October 2018. Both agencies are required to update these plans by October 2022.
 

Reporting

Transit operators do not submit their TAM plans to FTA, although they must be available for review and ongoing oversight. Transit operators are required to share their TAM plans with State DOT and MPO planning partners.

Transit operators are required to report annually to FTA’s NTD based on their system’s fiscal year end:

  • January 1st – June 30th: Report by last business day of October
  • July 1st – September 30th: Report by last business day of January
  • October 1st – December 31st: Report by last business day of April

Submissions must include asset inventory data, condition assessments and performance results, projected targets for the next fiscal year, and a narrative report on changes in transit system conditions and the progress toward achieving previous performance targets.

CRTPO reported its TAM targets to NCDOT and CATS in the form of a resolution.

 

Accountability & Transparency

In progress
 

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