Procurement of Nonessential or Duplicative Equipment for the Advanced Design Bus

PSAD-79-87: Published: Jun 7, 1979. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 1979.

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A review of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration grants showed some transit authorities are procuring possibly nonessential or duplicative equipment for the advanced design bus. The bus speedometer includes an odometer as standard equipment. However, several transit authorities are also buying hubodometers, which like an odometer, is a mechanical device used to record mileage. Approving funds for procuring two instruments performing the same function appears unnecessary.

Conflicting opinion exists as to the need for and the accuracy and reliability of both the hubodometer and odometer. Transit authority officials using both devices claimed that the hubodometers were more accurate than the odometers. However, neither warranty claims nor scheduled maintenance required the higher accuracy potentially available from the hubodometers whose validity was questionable.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Acting Administrator of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration should evaluate the need for both odometers and hubodometers and other optional equipment in the procurement of buses and, if warranted, suspend the procurement of hubodometers or odometers on existing and future advance design bus contracts. If the evaluation shows that certain grantees require both measuring devices, it should be determined whether this requirement can indeed be justified and whether both devices are needed for every bus.

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