Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Rebuilt Parts and Rebuilding Operations

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority includes New York City Transit, the Long Island Rail Road Company and the Metro-North Railroad. These three subsidiary transit agencies use their own maintenance facilities to rebuild most of the parts and components of their train fleets. We examined these rebuilding practices and found that the cost of rebuilding certain parts and components varied significantly at different transit agencies. For example, the average cost to rebuild a train car ranged from $10,791 at New York City Transit to $17,710 at Metro-North Railroad to $24,564 at the Long Island Rail Road Company. The quality of the rebuilt cars also varied significantly, as the mean distance between failures for cars rebuilt by New York City Transit was 56,270 miles, while the mean distance between failures for cars rebuilt by the Long Island Rail Road Company was only 28,480 miles. We determined that all three transit agencies could realize substantial savings if they established compatible systems for gathering information about rebuilding costs. For example, we estimated that New York City Transit could have saved $665,000 if, in certain instances, it had used the rebuilding services of either commercial vendors or the Long Island Rail Road Company. We also found that improvements were needed in the monitoring of employee productivity at the three transit agencies.

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