Cost Estimates for Automated Stop and Route Announcements

Appendix A:  Sources Confirming Transit Agencies Provide Automated Announcements
Transit AgencySource
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) http://www.actransit.org/planning_focus/details.wu?item_id=49
Albuquerque Transit Department (ABQ Ride) http://www.cabq.gov/transit/documents/full_report-dec-final-090209_2.doc
Bi-State Development Agency (Metro) Transit agency representative
Broward County Office of Transportation (BCT) Transit agency representative
Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) http://www.initusa.com/en_projects/p_albany.php
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CMTA) http://www.capmetro.org/riding/senior_ada.asp
Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (County Connection) http://www.cccta.org/pages/posts/2009_gillig_voith_hybrid.htm
Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) http://www.golynx.com/?id=1155584
Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) http://www.cota.com/Riders-with-Disabilities.aspx
Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) http://www.soundtransit.org/documents/pdf/about/board/motions/2007/Motion%20M2007-78sr.pdf
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/CATS/Riding+CATS/accessibility.htm
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) http://recruitment.transitchicago.com/news/default.aspx?Archive=y&pg=8&All=y&ArticleId=1420
City and County of Honolulu (TheBus) http://www.thebus.org/AboutTheBus/newsletter/fall.pdf
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) http://www.dart.org/riding/accessibility.asp
Delaware Transit Corporation (DART First State) http://dartfirststate.com/information/paratransit/app.pdf
Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) http://www.drcog.org/documents/ProjectLists_RTD.PDF
Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) Transit agency representative
El Paso Mass Transit Department (Sun Metro) http://www.macro.com/transportation_portfolio_summary.htm
Foothill Transit http://www.orbitaltms.com/OurCustomers/PublicTransit/CurrentProjects/tabid/70/Default.aspx
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) http://www.pr-inside.com/ge-transportation-to-serve-golden-gate-r1030711.htm
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) Transit agency representative
Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (GDRTA) http://passengertransport.apta.com/aptapt/issues/2009-02-16/24.html
Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC Transit System) http://www.vatransit.com/docs/GRTC-APTA_Award.pdf
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) http://www.orbitaltms.com/OurCustomers/PublicTransit/CurrentProjects/tabid/70/Default.aspx
Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) http://www.indygo.net/news.asp?ID=221
Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid) http://www.itpwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/fy-2009-proposed-budget-1.pdf (page 5 of 6)
Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_2004_Sept_9/ai_n6187899/
Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) http://www.kcata.org/documents/uploads/troost-brt.pdf
King County Department of Transportation (King County Metro) http://your.kingcounty.gov/kcdot/aboutus/intransit/InTransit_08Jul-Aug.pdf
Long Beach Transit (LBT) http://www.lbtransit.com/Guide/Transmart.aspx
Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Transit agency representative
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/atms/default.htm
Madison Transit and Parking Commission (Metro Transit) http://www.cityofmadison.com/Metro/Schedules/RoutesSchedules/RoutesSchedules.html
Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) http://www.marylandtransportation.com/Planning/Plans%20Programs%20Reports/Programs/CTP%2002-07/mta_construction_bus.pdf (page 2 of 9)
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) http://www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/accessible_services/default.asp?id=17363
Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memphis/stories/2009/03/09/story1.html
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) http://www.itsdeployment.its.dot.gov/AdminViewSurvey07.asp?SSN=TM&AgencyID=76&Year=2007
Metropolitan Bus Authority (MBA) FTA regional official
Metropolitan Council (Metro Transit) http://www.macro.com/transportation_portfolio_summary.htm
Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) – NY http://www.mta.info/mta/ada/transit.htm#buses
Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) – TN http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/aptapt/issues/2009-01-19/7.html
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) http://www.init-ka.de/share/reference_english/Houston_ITCS_Reference.pdf
Miami-Dade Transit (Metrobus) http://www.miamidade.gov/citt/advertorials/english/august3.pdf
Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) http://www.fta.dot.gov/news/news_events_10478.html
Montgomery County (Ride-On) http://www.orbitaltms.com/tabid/112/Default.aspx
New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT) http://www.nj.com/south/index.ssf/2008/02/nj_transit_to_roll_out_new_bus.html
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA Metro) http://www.nfta.com/news/displayArchivedArticle.phtml?id=1085408631
North County Transit District (NCTD) http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/release.asp?prid=437
Omnitrans (OMNI) http://www.omnitrans.org/about/agendas/06-09_agenda.pdf (page 72 of 180)
Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/tcrp/tcrp_syn_73.pdf (page 19 of 114)
Pace – Suburban Bus Division (PACE) http://www.pacebus.com/sub/vision2020/intelligent_bus_system.asp
Palm Beach County (Palm Tran) http://www.pbcgov.com/newsroom/0906/09-15-06_palm_tran_print.htm
Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation (Pierce Transit) http://www.piercetransit.org/news.htm
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) http://www.pinellascounty.org/mpo/mpo_minutes/mpomin-2009-4-08.pdf (page 3 of 12)
Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) http://olver.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=165&Itemid=35
Port Authority of Allegheny County (Port Authority) http://www.fta.dot.gov/documents/Pittsburgh_Final_Report_010206.doc
Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) http://www.prnewswire.com.au/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-17-2002/0001650320&EDATE=
Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/AnnReports/RIPTA.pdf (page 22 of 25)
Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) http://www.fta.dot.gov/documents/RTA_Report_June_29_2007.pdf (page 22 of 42)
Rochester-Genesee Regional Transit Authority (R-GRTA) http://www.rgrta.org/Data/Documents/new%20buses%20(3).pdf
Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) http://www.sacrt.com/disabledelderlyservices.stm
San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) http://www.sfmta.com/cms/raccess/mag2003.htm
San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) http://www.samtrans.com/disabled.html
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) http://transit.511.org/accessible/providers/providerinfo.aspx?cid=SC
Santa Monica (Big Blue Bus) http://www.bigbluebus.com/pdf/Riders_Guide.pdf (page 16 of 17)
Snohomish County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation (Community Transit) http://www.initusa.com/share/reference_english/Everett_Reference.pdf
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) http://www.septa.org/access/vehicle.html
Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA Metro) http://www.go-metro.com/accessibility.html
Spokane Transit Authority (STA) http://www.spokanetransit.com/aboutsta/documents/FEB13_08_STACACMinutes.pdf (page 21 of 36)
Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) http://www.smartbus.org/Smart/News+and+Info/Press+Releases/ARRA+funds.htm
Suffolk County Transit (SCT) http://www.sct-bus.org/images/12.11.08_sct_svc_policy.pdf (page 4 of 9)
Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=iYQUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=tAMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3929%2C329429
Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads (Hampton Roads Transit ) http://www.gohrt.com/faresandinformation/accessibility.html
Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) http://trimet.org/bus/asa.htm
Tucson (Sun Tran) http://www.suntran.com/access_buses.php
Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Transit agency representative
Valley Metro http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/release.asp?prid=524
VIA Metropolitan Transit (VIA) http://www.viainfo.net/AccessibleService/CustomerGuide.pdf (page 7 of 23)
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) http://www.wmata.com/accessibility/metrobus.cfm
Westchester County (Bee Line System) http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/release.asp?prid=524

 

Appendix B:  Transit Agency Data
The TMATFairfax ConnectorCNYRTATARCCTTransitMTSSample Data Used to Estimate Costs

Source:  National Transit Database Report Year 2007 for buses operating in annual maximum service, buses available for annual maximum service, vehicle operators, and mechanics.  Transit agency websites for fixed bus routes and garages.

Notes:
¹  Buses available for annual maximum service include spares, out of service vehicles, and vehicles in or awaiting maintenance.  It does not include buses waiting sale and emergency contingency vehicles.  NTD Glossary at:  www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/Glossary.htm.
²  Data on the number of garages are available for only 2 of the transit agencies.

Buses Operated in Annual Maximum Service 126 128 149 183 197 340 416
Buses Available for Annual Maximum Service ¹ 152 151 195 232 215 420 547 273
Fixed Bus Routes 45 34 59 125 55 156 82 70
Garages ² 3 6 5
Vehicle Operators 524 157 666 251 657 602 520
Mechanics 124 30 105 124 175 657 124

 

Appendix C:  Labor Cost Sources
Labor Costs (Salary and Benefits)
Vehicle Operator:  $23 per hour
Mechanic:  $31 per hour

Source:  The National Compensation Survey (http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/outside.jsp?survey=cm) reports industry-wide average total compensation costs for transportation and material moving occupations is $23 per hour for vehicle operators and $31 per hour for mechanics in the first quarter of FY 2009.  Benefits are estimated to make up approximately ⅓ of the total compensation costs.

The Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2008/may/naics4_485100.htm) reports the public transit agency average wage is $15 per hour for vehicle operators and $20 per hour for mechanics in the first quarter of FY 2009.  Multiplying the average wages by 1.5 to adjust for benefits yields total compensation costs of $23 per hour for vehicle operators and $30 per hour for mechanics.

IT/GIS Specialist:  $105,000 per year
Source:  Discussions with transit agencies and cross-checked with BLS Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for Local Government Occupations (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2008/may/naics4_999300.htm).  Estimates assume the employees work 50 weeks per year.
IT Project Manager:  $150,000 per year
Source:  Discussions with transit agencies and cross-checked with BLS Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for Local Government Occupations (http://www.bls.gov/oes/2008/may/naics4_999300.htm).  Estimates assume the employees work 50 weeks per year.

 

Appendix D:  Low Cost Scenario – Transit Agency Sample Costs
YearOne-Time CostsOn-Going Operations & Maintenance CostsMid-Life Software UpgradeTotal CostPresent Value (3%) *Present Value (7%) *
Bus EquipmentBackend SystemTrainingBus EquipmentBackend System
* Present value is based on discount rates in OMB Circular No. A-94.
2010 $52,800 $88,225 $12,344 $32,980 $35,000 $221,349 $214,902 $206,869
2011 $55,200 $450 $35,000 $90,650 $85,446 $79,177
2012 $55,200 $680 $35,000 $90,880 $83,168 $74,185
2013 $55,200 $910 $35,000 $91,110 $80,950 $69,507
2014 $52,800 $1,130 $35,000 $88,930 $76,712 $63,406
2015 $55,200 $1,360 $35,000 $91,560 $76,680 $61,010
2016 $55,200 $1,590 $35,000 $24,474 $116,264 $94,533 $72,403
2017 $55,200 $1,820 $35,000 $92,020 $72,641 $53,556
2018 $52,800 $2,040 $35,000 $89,840 $68,855 $48,867
2019 $55,200 $2,270 $35,000 $92,470 $68,806 $47,007
2020 $55,200 $2,500 $35,000 $92,700 $66,968 $44,041
2021 $55,200 $2,730 $35,000 $92,930 $65,179 $41,262
2022-2032 $12,600 $12,600 $7,800 $4,241
Total $655,200 $88,225 $12,344 $63,060 $420,000 $24,474 $1,263,303 $1,062,642 $865,532
Annualized $105,275 $88,554 $72,128

 

Appendix E:  High Cost Scenario – Transit Agency Sample Costs
YearOne-Time CostsOn-Going Operations & Maintenance CostsMid-Life Software UpgradeTotal CostPresent Value (3%) *Present Value (7%) *
Bus EquipmentBackend SystemTrainingBus EquipmentBackend System
* Present value is based on discount rates in OMB Circular No. A-94.
2010 $138,270 $430,425 $12,344 $77,138 $35,000 $693,177 $672,988 $647,829
2011 $144,555 $450 $35,000 $180,005 $169,672 $157,223
2012 $144,555 $680 $35,000 $180,235 $164,941 $147,125
2013 $144,555 $910 $35,000 $180,465 $160,341 $137,676
2014 $138,270 $1,130 $35,000 $174,400 $150,439 $124,345
2015 $144,555 $1,360 $35,000 $180,915 $151,513 $120,551
2016 $144,555 $1,590 $35,000 $24,474 $205,619 $167,187 $128,049
2017 $144,555 $1,820 $35,000 $181,375 $143,179 $105,562
2018 $138,270 $2,040 $35,000 $175,310 $134,361 $95,357
2019 $144,555 $2,270 $35,000 $181,825 $135,295 $92,431
2020 $144,555 $2,500 $35,000 $182,055 $131,520 $86,493
2021 $144,555 $2,730 $35,000 $182,285 $127,851 $80,937
2022-2032 $12,600 $12,600 $7,800 $4,241
Total $1,715,805 $430,425 $12,344 $107,218 $420,000 $24,474 $2,710,266 $2,317,086 $1,927,819
Annualized $225,856 $193,091 $160,652