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FACT 2014

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40 < m ETRO m AGAZINE FACT BOOK 2015 metro-magazine.com industry data Top 10 biggest shop issues Hours budgeted for mechanic training per person Sources used to deliver training Top 5 parts you buy the most of? Are you buying more parts due to older buses? Where parts are sourced 2014 Bus Maintenance Survey Electrical issues/warnings continues to be the top issue faced in the maintenance shop, while training and stafng jump into this year's top fve from spots six and eight, respectively. Exhaust gas recirculation jumps from fve to three and HVAC systems drops from three to eight. Electrical (issues/training) Engines/Transmissions Exhaust Gas Recirculation Systems Training Staffing Technological Equipment (fare boxes, GPS, destination signs, etc.) Brakes (changes/failures) HVAC Systems Parts Leaks Forty-fve percent of respondents report they cannot budget training — a 25% growth compared with 2013. OEMs, suppliers/vendors continue to provide the majority of training for transit agency mechanics around the nation. (Note: Overlap in data due to multiple responses to question.) Filters Fluids Brakes Lights Tires/Batteries (Tie) METRO asked what are the top parts agencies are buying the most of, with flters again topping the list. Yes 64% No 31% Not sure 5% More than 60% reported they are indeed buying more parts, while 5% reported they are not able to tell if they have to buy more parts because their feets are getting older. (Note: Overlap in data due to multiple responses to question.) 1 1 2 3 4 5 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% OEMs 82% Suppliers/Vendors 68% In-House 45% Dealers 55% College/school 14% State, local or national associations 36% Not budgeted 45% 20 or less 18% 40 or less 14% 41 to 80 14% 81 or more 9% 0% 20 40 60 80 100% OEMs 65% Manufacturers 30% Third-party 40%

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