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


Amy Zwas

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Journal Article

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Subject Area

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


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


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.