Transportation Asset Management Threshold Levels

Available Documents
Quarterly Report December 2004
Quarterly Report March 2005
Quarterly Report June 2005
Quarterly Report September 2005
Quarterly Report December 2005
Quarterly Report March 2006
Final Report

Primary Investigator
Co. PIs. Pablo Durango-Cohen
Edward J. Czepiel
Transportation Center
Northwestern University
600 Foster Street
Evanston, IL 60208-4055

Project Objective
The goal of the project is to establish guidelines to answer the following questions: 1. What
asset management programs are appropriate to support existing business practices in agencies with small transportation networks? & 2. What level of resources should be committed to adopting, implementing and supporting such programs?

Project Abstract
The objectives of the proposed research are to:

  1. Catalog best practices in asset management based on technological sophistication, expertise needed (information technology vs. organizational), and funding requirements (initial investment, maintenance, training, and upgrade costs), as well as other potential measures of value.
  2. Assess status of municipal and county agencies in terms of resources, organizational structure, and related infrastructure systems. 3.Perform a linkage analysis for establishing guidelines as to what types of activities and support tools, data are appropriate depending on the status of agencies. 4. Create a customized a plan to suggest activities that agencies can conduct within the framework of asset management and that are within their resources.

Task Descriptions

  1. Task 1: Summary of DOT or other agency best practices used to identify the techniques and software/hardware requirements for Transportation Asset Management at a county or municipal level.
  2. Task 2: Identification of asset management tools and techniques that are most appropriate for agencies with small networks.
  3. Task 3: Suggestions for thresholds, in terms of some measure of size, below which even fairly simple asset management tools may not be appropriate for an agency to employ.
  4. Task 4: A set of guidelines to help local transportation agencies use or modify these best practices strategies effectively in their respective states.
  5. Task 5: A review of barriers that may exist in federal laws, regulations, guidance and practices that might inhibit or foster the use of these strategies.

Potential Benefits of the Project
Jointly Northwestern University and Cambridge Systematics. Northwestern brings strong expertise in Transportation Systems Analysis and Planning.

Project Information

  • Milestones, Dates: Project Start Date: Oct 1, 12 months
  • Budget: $138,526, Matching Funds & %: $33,540, 24% (Northwestern University)
  • Student Involvement: 1 12 month Graduate student assistant
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: 05-01