Transit Quality Assurance

As transit agencies outsource more services to achieve cost savings, a dedicated Quality Assurance (QA) contractor is imperative to accurately track performance metrics, analyze data, and lead the agency and its contractors through continual quality improvement.

Acting as the agency’s eyes and ears—a true augmentation of the agency’s own staff—an impartial QA contractor adds an extra layer of neutrality to hold other vendors accountable and proactively address service and compliance issues. With expertise that blends transit and quality assurance, MTM Transit understands the way various aspects of QA affect a transit system’s operation, and has a dedicated model in place to promote compliance and system improvement.

Using a third party transit quality assurance contractor, transit agencies can improve system quality and transit quality control. In this photo, a woman smiles at the camera as she takes a call to ensure quality assurance measures are met.

The Value of a Third Party Contractor

Third party transit quality control contractors have no bias towards the agency’s contractors for service delivery or customer service functions, allowing them to bring impartiality and consistency to QA oversight. Our independent monitoring and review promotes verifiable compliance, safety, and system improvement, ensuring both administrative and operational functions are delivered at an uncompromised level. Just as important as this level of objectivity is transcending compliance and focusing on service excellence. With the data and insight collected by the QA contractor, transit agencies are able to apply changes to areas that need improvement and deliver a premier level of service.

The benefits of an independent, comprehensive QA program are unparalleled:

  • Verifiable compliance and accountability to performance standards
  • Improved customer satisfaction and trust
  • Better productivity from service delivery, customer service, and other third part contractors
  • In-depth analysis of data and service performance
  • Data integrity, with performance data and metrics transit agencies can trust
  • Continuous improvement through Six Sigma and Lean methodologies
  • Executive-level thought leadership with reporting and service improvement recommendations
  • Decrease of agency staff workload burden, allowing other important aspects of transit system operation to be your focus

Our Approach to Transit Quality Control

Working hand in hand with your agency, we will identify frequently challenging KPIs around customer satisfaction, on-time performance, maintenance, productivity, and more, with the ultimate goal of improving your transit operation. With these KPIs in place as the backbone of your QA functions, MTM Transit will provide you more than just a dashboard—we’ll give you a solid analysis of the issues your agency may be facing, how your system in performing, and where improvements can be made.

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Administrative

  • Monitor call center performance (reservations, dispatch, and scheduling)
  • Review late cancellations and no-shows
  • Investigate and resolve complaints
  • Report accidents and incidents
  • Oversee fare collection and reconciliation
  • Ridership analysis
  • Billing audits
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Operational

  • Inspect vehicles
  • Perform on-street monitoring and Mystery Rider activities
  • Inspect facilities and garages
  • Perform maintenance audits
  • Asset management
  • Analyze vehicle defects and service interruptions
  • Review operator reports
  • Conduct vehicle readiness/condition audits
  • Monitor preventive maintenance
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Shared

  • Ensure data integrity and accuracy
  • Develop ad hoc reports
  • Conduct customer satisfaction surveys
  • Drug and alcohol policy adherence

MTM Transit’s established program model delineates transit quality assurance into two distinct components: Administrative QA and Operations QA. Administrative QA focuses on data integrity, customer service, customer feedback resolution, and the investigation of accidents and incidents. Operations QA focuses on safety, on-the-street performance, and facility/vehicle maintenance monitoring. Together, both areas align to give agencies full understanding of their operation through consistent monitoring, review, and process improvement.

A transit quality assurance contractor uses transit quality control measures to help transit agencies enhance service quality. In this photo, hands hold a clipboard as someone completes a vehicle inspection, which helps ensure vehicle quality assurance.

Why MTM Transit?

Working hand in hand with your agency, we will identify frequently challenging KPIs around customer satisfaction, on-time performance, maintenance, productivity, and more, with the ultimate goal of improving your transit operation. With these KPIs in place as the backbone of your transit quality control functions, MTM Transit will provide you more than just a dashboard—we’ll give you a solid analysis of the issues your agency may be facing, how your system in performing, and where improvements can be made.

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