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Getting Started

The purpose of transit asset management (TAM) is to help achieve and maintain a state of good repair (SGR) for the nation’s public transportation assets. The TAM rule develops a framework for transit agencies to monitor and manage public transportation assets, improve safety, increase reliability and performance, and establish performance measures.

Transit agencies are required to develop TAM plans and submit their performance measures and targets to the National Transit Database by specific deadlines (see below). This page provides basic guidance to get you started toward compliance.

Background Resources

The following resources highlight the basic information you need to know about the TAM final rule and TAM Plan requirements. Use the TAM checklist to confirm whether your agency is in compliance with TAM rules, and then use the others to determine your agency's role(s) and next steps.

Fact Sheets

TAM Final Rule Fact Sheet
TAM Performance Measures Fact Sheet
Default Useful Life Benchmark (ULB) Cheat Sheet

Checklists

Am I in compliance with the TAM final rule?
Am I a tier I or tier II agency?
Am I required to be a group TAM plan sponsor?
Am I going to be a participant in a group TAM plan?

Timeline

Submittal dates are relative to your agency's fiscal year end.

If your fiscal year ends:

June 30

Sept 30

Dec 31

Share initial targets with planning partners July 2017
Report FY17 Asset Inventory Module (AIM) data to NTD
Submit targets for FY18 to NTD (optional)
Oct
2017
Jan
2018
Apr
2018
Complete compliant TAM Plan (1st required)
Share TAM Plan with planning partners
Oct 2018
Report FY18 AIM data to NTD (1st required)
Submit targets for FY19 to NTD (1st required)
Oct
2018
Jan 
2019
Apr
2019
Report FY19 AIM data to NTD
Submit targets for FY20 to NTD
Submit narrative report to NTD (1st required)
Oct
2019
Jan
2020
Apr
2020
Report FY20 AIM data to NTD
Submit targets for FY21 to NTD
Submit narrative report to NTD
Oct
2020
Jan
2021
Apr
2021
Complete Updated TAM Plan
Share TAM Plan with planning partners
Oct 2022

Regional Contacts

For more information about specific issues related to your agency's situation, refer to the regional points of contact below.

TAM Regional Contacts
Region Individual FTA Title
1 Christopher LaMacchia General Engineer
2 Sheldon Soleyn General Engineer
3 Anne Marie Resnick Financial Analyst
4 Guanying Lei General Engineer
5 Kris Welch Community Planner
6 Cheryle Tyson Regional Engineer
7 Bill Kalt Transportation Program Specialist
8 Ranae Tunison Transportation Program Specialist
9 Susan Ko General Engineer
10 James (Steve) Saxton Transportation Program Specialist
Updated: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
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