Keeping the Trams Rolling

September 2000
Logistics & Transport Focus;Sep2000, Vol. 2 Issue 7, p12
Trade Publication
This article reports that the Midland Metro, the tram system for the West Midlands which opened in 1999, is implementing a new computerized transport management system. Supplied by the Freeway company, the computer-based system will be used to improve fleet and asset management throughout the light rail system. The companies have developed a special defects reporting module for the rapid entry of defects within six seconds. Any problems reported within the system, such as faulty passenger display system, a technical failure, or simply weeds growing on the line, are immediately logged so the appropriate maintenance can be undertaken. The system is then used to schedule all maintenance work resulting from the defects reports, as well as routine maintenance of the trams and infrastructure. The computer-based asset and fleet management system provides a check on operating costs through on-screen graphs and tables.


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