Managing BARTA & RRTA public transit services in Berks County & Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Transit Asset Management Plan
The final rule on metropolitan and statewide planning, published in the Federal Register on May 27, 2016, addressed changes to the metropolitan planning process stemming from the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) and discussed Performance Based Planning and Programming (PBPP). MAP-21 and FAST established requirements for transit agencies to develop a performance-based asset management plan and thus have a strategic and systematic means of operating, maintaining, and improving public transportation capital assets effectively. Resources to replace vehicles, facilities and equipment tend to be limited so the funds need to be allocated effectively. An asset management plan is designed to provide a guideline for how all assets should be maintained or replaced in order to function at their ideal capacity and meet their designed useful life. It also provides an investment strategy that could optimize the asset’s performance at the lowest cost.
The South Central Transit Authority (SCTA) is required to meet the provisions of MAP-21 and FAST and the guidelines provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to prepare a Transit Asset Management Plan (TAMP). The SCTA TAMP that fulfills this requirement is available by clicking on the link below. SCTA’s TAMP was adopted by its Board, the Lancaster MPO, and the Reading MPO in 2018. The SCTA TAMP 2021 Update was adopted by its Board in July 2021, by the Lancaster MPO in September 2021, and by the Reading MPO in September 2021. As required by the FTA guidelines, the TAMP is to be monitored, evaluated, and updated as needed, but not more than every four years.
The TAMP process requires SCTA to annually set performance measure targets and report performance against those targets for the following three Asset Classes: Rolling Stock, Facilities and Equipment. SCTA’s FY 2023 Performance Measure Targets documentation is available by clicking on the link below. The SCTA Board, the Lancaster MPO and the Reading MPO approved the FY 2023 Performance Measure Targets at their respective November 2022 meetings.