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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
2019 TAM Data Summary: A Snapshot of Asset-Related Data Reported to the National Transit Database - June 2021
This report summarizes data that transit agencies reported to the National Transit Database (NTD), providing an inventory and assessment of the condition of assets used to provide transit service nationally.

NTD Narrative Report Example Format  - February 2021
This resource is intended to support agencies with developing their narrative report by providing prompts for information that could be useful for inclusion in their own report.  

TAM Systems Handbook - September 2020
This handbook is intended to expand upon and provide general information and guidance on the management of systems and associated assets used in the transit operating environment in support of the TAM rule.
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.
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.

To keep up to date on information related to the TAM rulemaking and implementation, subscribe to TAMNews as part of FTA's email updates.

Last updated May 14, 2020