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Towards Optimization: Transit Asset Management Strategies

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Date:   January 24, 2013
Time:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Cost:  All T3 webinars are free of charge
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit (MTA-NYCT) agency is in the early stages of implementing an enterprise-wide Asset Management Improvement Program. The Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) concept of operations and an asset information strategy establish the requirements for the design, development, and implementation of a system for managing transit assets. The system translates strategic objectives into investment decisions for asset lifecycle assessment activities supported by an information system that integrates and standardizes asset information across the agency. The proposed information system will integrate EAM, Enterprise Resource Planning, and Operation Support data to feed decision-support tools, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and customer information. The system will provide real-time information to support capital, maintenance, operations planning, emergency activities, incident reporting, and service status updates. It will also provide historical data for conducting forecasting, performance monitoring, and system lifecycle analyses.

The MTA-NYCT Program Management Office learned of a project with similar objectives at the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District, which is funded by the Federal Transit Administration. The BART EAM project is currently implementing an asset management program that includes strategic maintenance data, the implementation of Maximo-based information across asset classes, and the development of decision-support tools supporting State of Good Repair analysis. This webinar examines the lessons learned during a peer-to-peer exchange sponsored by the ITS Professional Capacity Building Program, U.S. Department of Transportation between MTA-NYCT and BART in July 2011 to understand the relationship between the two projects and to leverage synergies and minimize overlapping efforts.

Target Audience

The target audience for this webinar will include transit professionals with an interest in or responsibility for the design and implementation of transit asset management processes or programs; including but not limited to transit managers; providers of human service agency transportation; consultants; vendors; academia; government officials, including local, State, or Federal Departments of Transportation; and any other individuals or entities involved in the design, implementation, or evaluation of asset management improvement strategies.

Learning Objectives


Hans Point Du Jour, Senior Regional Engineer/Transit Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Specialist, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Region 2 Office (New York, NY)

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Hans Point Du Jour is a senior regional engineer/project manager for the FTA Region 2 office in New York City. He is the FTA program manager overseeing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit (MTA-NYCT) Second Avenue Subway, Phase 1 project. Hans also oversees MTA-NYCT program projects and is the ITS point of contact for the Region 2 office.

Prior to joining the FTA, Hans worked at the New York City Department of Transportation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Pratt Institute.


Michael Salvato, Program Manager, Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit (MTA-NYCT), Enterprise Asset Management (New York, NY)

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Michael Salvato is responsible for the development and delivery of the asset management improvement program at MTA-NYCT. This includes the coordination of strategies, processes, organizational, and IT systems improvements, their interdependencies, and risks. Prior to this, Michael served as an internal management consultant to the MTA Chief Operating Officer and the NYC Transit President, leading cross-disciplinary teams to improve operations and lower costs for executive management. Michael also served as the Senior Director for the Lower Manhattan Projects at MTA Capital Construction where he was responsible for the planning, financial, administrative, and inter-agency elements of transportation mega-projects include the South Ferry Terminal Station and the Fulton Street Transit Center. Before joining the MTA, Michael held positions in economic development and technology management at several public, private, and non-profit organizations. Michael is currently involved as industry thought leader, researcher, and consultant in the development of the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) at New York University. CUSP is a public-private partnership in the emerging field of “Urban Sciences” as part of the New York City initiative in applied sciences and engineering.

Timothy Forker, Senior Director, Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit, Subways, Capital Program (New York, NY)

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Timothy Forker works as Senior Director, Strategic and Long Range Planning in the MTA-NYCT-Department of Subways’ Capital Program division. In this position, he is principally responsible for coordinating the department's medium and long range capital investment programming for all subway system asset categories. His current planning work includes the 2015-2034 twenty-year capital needs assessment, 2015-2019 five-year capital investment program proposal, and the department's Rail Fleet Management Plan. Additionally, he is overseeing an upgrade of the department's capital asset inventory and condition database, as well as providing budget and program oversight for ongoing rolling stock and facilities projects.

Frank Ruffa, Group Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District, Maintenance and Engineering, Capital Projects Administration (Oakland, CA)

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Frank Ruffa, PMP, MS is a 14-year employee of the San Francisco BART District. He is currently the Group Manager of Capital Projects Administration for the Maintenance and Engineering Department, reporting to the Chief Engineer. Frank is responsible for development and implementation of the BART District's Asset Management program in addition to establishing standard processes for:

Prior to his work with BART, Frank's career pedigree includes 22 years in aerospace with the U.S. Air Force, TRW, and Lockheed-Martin; where he was involved in the development of numerous real-time ground systems supporting satellite operations. Frank is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute and holds degrees in:

For fun, he teaches PMP Certification Exam Bootcamp in his spare time.

John McCormick, District Group Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District, Rail Vehicle Maintenance Planning (Oakland, CA)

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John McCormick, a District Group Manager for Rail Vehicle Maintenance Planning, brings nearly 20 years of experience in the transit vehicle procurement, commissioning, operations, maintenance and overhaul. He has supported and led projects for the procurement and commissioning of heavy rail, light rail, bus, and rapid transit vehicles. In his current position, he is responsible for managing maintenance planning and scheduling, quality, reliability, and training. Since its inception in 2006, Mr. McCormick helped develop and implement BART's innovative Strategic Maintenance Program, bringing the latest industry best-practice and continuous improvement concepts to BART rail vehicle maintenance. This program blends the best of modern efficiencies and waste elimination with scheduled overhaul and reliability-based maintenance. This program embodies current State-of-Good-Repair maintenance philosophy with an additional focus on business efficiency. Mr. McCormick is also the lead team member from the Rail Vehicle group to BART's Business Advancement Program/Maximo team.