With a process to recognize recurring patterns among the day-to-day driving events, MTL is able to better predict when a component on a particular bus will fail, which allows them to proactively service the bus and avoid having to take it out of service for a prolonged period due to unscheduled maintenance events.
Access to machine data brings three important benefits to MTL:
1. It allows them to make the best business decisions possible
2. It reduces their operating and labor costs
3. It improves safety for their customers
MTL soon realized that they could run the buses for much longer, thereby increasing their return on investment in their fleet. Previously, buses were being retired after 35,000 miles per year at 12 years and currently MTL is able to continue using the buses up to 60,000 to 70,000 miles per year at 15 years. This is a 2x improvement on mileage and 30% increase in bus lifespan.
MTL was able to cut its original operating, maintenance and fuel costs by 50%. With the newer solution from LHPT and Hortonworks on the Smart Bus, operating costs have decreased from 92 cents per mile to 43 cents per mile,
The K Plan and Smart Bus have not only enhanced MTL’s maintenance program, they have changed the way MTL does business.