State of Good Repair Remains PriorityDART completes FY 2020 assessment
The global pandemic has not prevented DART from maintaining its infrastructure in a state of good repair (SGR).
The SGR initiative identifies possible deficiencies that need repair on DART assets. Everything from bus brakes to train doors, from a loose paver at a station to a damaged bus stop sign, is assessed.
The agency evaluates 25% of its assets annually. This means the agency can assess 100% of its assets every four years. According to Darryl Spencer, senior assistant vice president of Engineering, the agency had completed 60% of FY 2020's assessment when the pandemic hit.
"Pandemic or not, DART is committed to keeping our assets in good working order and providing customers efficient, reliable and safe service," Spencer said. "Enhanced safety measures were quickly put into place so the assessment could continue."
In FY 2019, DART began using outside contractors to assist with the evaluation. Spencer said this has improved efficiency and provides an outside independent perspective. When the pandemic arrived, however, DART implemented safety measures that included restricting access of DART facilities to DART employees only. Fortunately, working with DART's safety team, Spencer said they were able to bring the contractors back to continue the assessment while following DART and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocol and DART COVID-19 Prevention protocols put in place at that time.
Employees and contractors alike were required to wear face masks when conducting inspections. Additionally, the agency set up "check-in" locations, where inspectors were required to have their temperatures checked prior to visiting any field inspection area. DART also required that they drive their own personal cars to inspection sites and not share any ride with a colleague. Anyone needing to use a DART vehicle had to ride by themselves.
Hand sanitizers were widely available to inspectors.
When inspecting any area, the agency uses the Federal Transit Administration's Transit Economic Requirements Model (TERM) ratings, which is based on a range of 1-5:
The agency successfully completed the remaining 40% of FY 2020's assessment and finalized the FY 2020 SGR Asset Condition Assessment Report on time. The next 25% SGR assets condition assessments are to begin by January 2021 and will represent the inspection cycle for 100% of DART assets over a four-year period.
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