Title

Lean Manufacturing Techniques in Bus and Rail Maintenance: Study at Chicago Transit Authority in Illinois

Authors

Amy Zwas

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2006

Subject Area

infrastructure - track, organisation - management, mode - bus, mode - rail

Keywords

Waste minimization, Transit buses, Track rehabilitation, Track maintenance, Rail transit, Rail maintenance, Maintenance practices, Maintenance operations, Maintenance of way, Maintenance management, Lean manufacturing, Intracity bus transportation, Economic efficiency, Chicago Transit Authority, Bus transit

Abstract

Lean manufacturing techniques save millions of dollars by improving efficiency and reducing waste. Lean principles can be modified for use in the unique environments of bus and rail maintenance. A preliminary investigation of how lean techniques can be employed at the Chicago Transit Authority in Illinois is presented.