Transit Authority Updates Maintenance Facility
In an effort to more effectively maintain its bus fleet, the Washington metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) recently enhanced its vehicle maintenance capabilities with the latest in computer-based diagnostic tools.
The Vehicle Diagnostic Assistant (VDA), by Diagnostic Innovations, LLC, Southfield, MI, is a user friendly, touch screen operated computer based tool that assists technicians with the repair of their vehicles. The VDA provides technicians with a vast array of tools that focus on the vehicles engine, transmission, and braking systems.
Victor Guillot, Senior Bus Engineer for WMATA says, The state of the art vehicle diagnostic system will reduce the downtime for the buses in the garage and improve efficiency.
WMATA and Diagnostic Innovations LLC have rolled out the system to each of WMATAs maintenance locations. Harpal Kapoor, Assistant Manager of Bus Engineering for WMATA says, With a full array of engines, and a variety of transmissions, ABS brake and multiplexing systems, the technicians can diagnose and analyze fault codes and vehicle issues with a single diagnostic tool. It is one stop shopping. They have access to fault trees and bus schematics at their fingertips.
Robert Golden, Manager of Bus Engineering for WMATA says, Providing the highest quality service to our bus patrons is of the utmost importance to WMATA. Our patrons need to depend on timely bus services and our buses must be on the street and on schedule. We wanted our technicians to be able to accurately diagnose problems and we wanted fast turn around time on repairs; by securing the Vehicle Diagnostic Assistant we are now able to achieve those goals.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates the second largest rail transit system and the fifth largest bus network in the United States. The Authority was created in 1967 by an interstate Compact to plan, develop, build, finance and operate a balanced regional transportation system. Metrobus and Metrorail serve a population of 3.5 million within a 1,500 square-mile area. The Metrobus has an operating fleet of 1,477 vehicles.
For more information on Diagnostic Innovations LLC, visit: http://www.diagnosticinnovations.com .