Yesterday, Washington D.C.’s Metro System was completely shut down for emergency inspection and repairs after an underground fire earlier this week as well as frayed and charred power lines. While this is a very specific example, it is a symptom of the systemic problem in our “nation’s crumbling infrastructure.”*
Our public transit system, 40 years old, is in decay according to sources siting $86 Billion of backlogged maintenance. In addition to public transportation, 25% of roads and 70,000 bridges are structurally deficient. This seems like a high number right?
It is nowhere near the amount of deferred maintenance in this country’s school system. School buildings are also 40+ years old and nearing the end of their life expectancy. Studies show there is a whopping $500 Billion in deferred maintenance in the nation’s schools.*
Prioritizing the backlog of maintenance requires proper forecasting of budget dollars to re-invest in facilities. Capital forecasting is critical to accurately budget facilities and capital dollars for future repairs and replacements. While properly forecasting how to use your capital budget can help chip away at deferred maintenance backlog, how can the life of equipment and facilities be prolonged?
Preventive maintenance on your buildings and equipment ensures longer equipment life, decreases costly repairs, and reduces frequency of replacements. Additionally, schools can reduce the amount of emergency work they do with a robust preventive maintenance (PM) program. Schools performing PM saw more than a 50% reduction on the rate of emergency work and 30% reduction in work order costs. Read more about preventive maintenance champions in districts and colleges and how they are tackling their deferred maintenance and preventive maintenance needs in this whitepaper – Deferring Now Costs You Later.
If the DC Metro System had routinely scheduled preventive maintenance of its subway cars and tracks, would they have avoided a costly emergency shut down of the metro system for an entire work day?