Asset conditions of U.S. rail agencies

The statistic shows the asset conditions of the seven largest U.S. rail transit agencies in 2008. In that year, 27 percent of the seven largest U.S. rail transit agencies had marginal asset conditions.

Asset conditions of the seven largest U.S. rail transit agencies* in 2008

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Release date

April 2009


United States

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Supplementary notes

* The seven rail agencies included in this statistic were selected based on an analysis of National Transit Database (NTD) records of ridership of U.S. rail transit agencies operating commuter rail, heavy rail and light rail systems. The rail transit agencies with the largest total rail ridership were then selected:
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT), San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
** TERM condition rating scale:
Excellent (ratings 5.0 to 4.8): new asset; no visible defects.
Good (ratings 4.7 to 4.0): asset showing minimal signs of wear; some (slightly) defective or deteriorated component(s).
Adequate (3.9 to 3.0): asset has reached its mid-life (condition 3.5); some moderately defective or deteriorated component(s).
Marginal (2.9 to 2.0): asset reaching or just past the end of its useful life; increasing number of defective or deteriorated component(s) and increasing maintenance needs.
Poor (ratings 1.9 to 1.0): asset is past its useful life and is in need of immediate repair or replacement; may have critically damaged component(s).

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