TCRP Report 109: A Guidebook for Developing and Sharing Transit Bus Maintenance Practices
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TCRP Report 109:
A Guidebook for Developing and Sharing Transit Bus Maintenance Practices
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TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 109: A Guidebook for Developing and Sharing Transit Bus Maintenance Practices provides guidance on how to develop effective transit bus maintenance practices tailored to the local operating environment. The report provides seven sample practices developed using the guidance.

An on-line Web Board, referenced in TCRP Report 109, no longer exists; however, the ListServ capability of the original Web Board has been taken over by the Transit Maintenance Analysis and Resource Center (TMAARC). TMAARC is managed and funded by the Florida Department of Transportation and administered by the University of South Florida's Center for Urban Transportation Research.


  • Transportation — Maintenance and Preservation
  • Transportation — Public Transportation
  • Transportation — Vehicles and Equipment

Publication Info

123 pages | 8.5 x 11

Table of Contents

skim chapter
Front Matter i-x
Summary 1-2
Guidebook Structure and Contents 3-3
APTA's Bus Standards Activities 4-4
Determining the Need for Practices 5-6
Intellectual Property 7-8
Using the Web Board 9-9
Obtaining Reference Material 10-14
Part 3: Prioritizing Reference Material 15-15
Weather-Related Conditions 16-16
Part 5: Developing Time Standards 17-17
Monitoring Time 18-18
Overview 19-19
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 20-20
Facilities 21-22
Overview 23-23
Personal Safety 24-24
Uniform Building Codes 25-25
FMVSS 26-26
CDC 27-27
Tips for Improving Existing Text 28-28
Writing Resources 29-29
Inserting Pictures into a Word File 30-31
Adding Arrows, Circles, and Labels 32-32
Troubleshooting 33-34
Who Develops the Practice? 35-35
Step-by-Step Practice Instructions 36-39
Validating 40-40
Updating 41-41
Topic Heading 42-42
Posting Practices on the Web Board 43-43
Chapter 6 - Sample Maintenance Practices 44-45
Sample Maintenance Practice #1: Bus PMI; 1990 GMC/RTS/NOVA, 40-Ft High Floor 46-55
Sample Maintenance Practice #2: Bus PMI; 2003 STARTRANS Senator, 20-Ft.; Ford E-350 Chassis 56-60
Sample Maintenance Practice #3: Component PMI; Thermo King Model T11-M85 AC with IntelligAIRE II; 2004; Gillig; 30-Foot Low Floor 61-73
Sample Maintenance Practice #4: Electrical; Repair; All Buses 74-82
Sample Maintenance Practice #5: Brakes; Remove and Replace Front Brakes; 2003 STARTRANS Senator, 20-Ft.; Ford E-350 Chassis 83-87
Sample Maintenance Practice #6: Body; Door Adjustment; Vapor/NFIL Slide Glide Door; 2002 New Flyer 40LF 88-93
Sample Maintenance Practice #7: Service; Service Line Functions 94-101
Abbreviations and Acronyms 102-102
Appendix A - Legal Considerations 103-108
Appendix B - MS Word Template Instructions 109-110
Appendix C - MS Word Template 111-112
Abbreviations used without definitions in TRB publications 113-113

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