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Fourth Plain BRT Project Annual Operating & Maintenance Cost Savings

As submitted to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in September 2013

Based on 2015 Opening Year, 2015 Year of Expenditure Dollars

O&M Cost SourceNo-Build: Route 4/44 Operating CostsBRT
Operating
Costs
Net SavingsComments
Bus Operations $4,229,000 $ 3,680,000 $ 549,000 From Small Starts/Finance Plan work; expectation is savings to be reinvested in service in other corridors including cross-river shuttle and possibly reconfigured Route 72.
Fare Revenue (over no-build) $ - $ 205,000 $ 205,000 From Finance Plan work; additional revenue, could be allocated to uncommitted capital reserve.
Van Mall Transit Center (maintenance plus utilities, lease for existing customer service booth plus driver comfort facility plus common area maintenance; relocate customer service booth and driver comfort facility to new platform) $ 84,700 $ 29,500 $ 55,200 Reduction in direct costs, could be allocated to uncommitted capital reserve.
AOM facility upgrades: BRT upgrades at Maintenance Building replace current annex building & land lease (North Lot not included). Per Julie: rent $3300 per month base, plus $500/month triple net expenses exclusive of insurance. $ 48,100 $ 28,400 $ 19,700 Based on Maintenance Facility assessment report and Finance Department's review of exsting rent and O&M costs for maintenance facility. Reduction in direct costs, could be allocated to uncommitted capital reserve.
Driver travel pay (Route 4/44, travel to VMTC for driver relief), replaced with bus pullouts and relief at 65th Avenue/Fourth Plain $ 48,800 $ - $ 48,800 Based on Operations Department's previous review of travel hours from 2011 information. Reduction in direct costs, could be allocated to uncommitted capital reserve.
Annual cost savings/additional revenue     $ 877,700  

 

O&M Cost SourceOperating Cost SavingsIncreased Revenue or Reduced Direct Costs 
  Operating Cost Savings Increased Revenue or Reduced Direct Costs  
Annual Operating Cost Savings: $ 549,000  
Annual Direct Cost Savings:   $ 123,700  
Annual increased fare revenue:   $ 205,000  
TOTAL $ 549,000 $ 328,700 $ 877,700

Download Operations & Maintenance Cost Methodology

  • Operating cost savings is equivalent to approximately 4600-4700 annual service hours ($117/hr., 2015 YOE $), to be reinvested into cross-river shuttle service pre-LRT, increased service on Route 72, and/or other system service.
  • "BRT Operating Costs" column includes O&M costs or additional fare revenue with BRT.
  • AOM utilities/maintenance costs @ $1.14 per square foot (BRT project adds 23000 square feet of building and pavement area).
  • VMTC utilities/maintenance costs @ $1.12 per square foot. (BRT project adds approximately 24000 square feet of platform and pavement area).