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Getting Started

Transit asset management (TAM) is a business model that prioritizes funding based on the condition of transit assets to achieve and maintain a state of good repair (SGR) for the nation’s public transportation assets. The 2016 TAM Final Rule develops a framework for transit agencies to monitor and manage public transportation assets, improve safety, increase reliability and performance, and establish performance measures in order to help agencies keep their systems operating smoothly and efficiently. More information on the development of the Final Rule can be found on the TAM Rulemaking resource page.

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

TAM Final Rule

Fact Sheets

TAM Final Rule Fact Sheet
TAM Performance Measures Fact Sheet
Default Useful Life Benchmark (ULB) Cheat Sheet
TAM Roles & Responsibilities Fact Sheet
TAM and PTASP Fact Sheet
TAM 2018 NTD Year 1 Summary: Overview


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?

Final Rule Deadlines

Reporting Deadlines are relative to your agency's fiscal year end.

If your fiscal year runs




- 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)
- Report FY19 AIM data to NTD
- Submit targets for FY20 to NTD
- Submit narrative report to NTD (1st required)
- Report FY20 AIM data to NTD
- Submit targets for FY21 to NTD
- Submit narrative report to NTD
- Complete Updated TAM Plan
- Share TAM Plan with planning partners
Oct 2022

Additional Assistance

For any additional information not found on this page, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). For general questions regarding TAM and requirements of the Final Rule, contact the TAM team at 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 Coughlin Financial Analyst
4 Guanying Lei General Engineer
5 Lisa Joiner Transportation Program Specialist
6 Lynn Hayes Community Planner
7 William (Bill) Kalt Supervisory Transportation Program Specialist
8 Ranae Tunison Transportation Program Specialist
9 Susan Ko General Engineer
10 James (Steve) Saxton Transportation Program Specialist
Last updated: Friday, May 15, 2020