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Transit Asset Management

Managing Transit Assets

Public transportation provides millions of Americans with daily access to jobs, schools, health care and other essential services. U.S. DOT has found that an estimated 40 percent of buses and 23 percent of rail transit assets are in marginal or poor condition, with a backlog of $98 billion in deferred maintenance and replacement.

U.S. DOT publishes Conditions and Performance Reports on the status of the nation's highways, bridges, and transit.

  • See the 23rd edition of U.S. DOT Conditions & Performance Report
  • See all editions of the U.S. DOT Conditions & Performance Report

The TAM webpage is designed to support successful agency implementation of Transit Asset Management. This website contains background information, requirements and deadlines, technical assistance, and examples of best practices. It also includes materials such as official FTA guidance, resources from webinars and roundtables, and external stakeholder information to assist agencies in asset inventory creation, resource management, and target setting. A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is also provided to address remaining questions not addressed by available webpage resources.

Featured Resources

Type Title and Description
TAMPLATE – February 2020
This technical assistance tool is designed to assist Tier I and Tier II transit providers and Group TAM Plan Sponsors in developing their TAM Plans.
TAM Plan Template for Small Providers, V2.2 – February 2020
This template accompanies the March 2016 Asset Management Guide for Small Providers, and serves as a guide that small providers may use to model their TAM plans.
Asset Management Guide Supplement: Asset Category Overviews & Lifecycle Management - Update (FTA 0138) - September 2019
This report update provides detailed information about asset category organization and current lifecycle management practices.
TAM Executive Training Template for Agency Use – September 2018
This customizable presentation supports transit professionals in communicating the value of TAM to executives.
Tribal Reporting Tool [BETA] – September 2018
This Excel tool provides tribes with a template for reporting agency information and completing the required asset inventory, condition assessment, and agency targets.

Visit the TAM Resource Table for a full list of available TAM resources.   


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Last updated May 14, 2020