TransAM is an open-source asset management platform. It helps public transportation agencies address the challenges they face when it comes to asset management.

Keeping track of transportation assets can be difficult. What is the current state of asset inventory? What will it look like in the future? How will I determine how much to spend and how to prioritize investment for the necessary improvements and maintenance of my assets?

TransAM includes a comprehensive hierarchical asset inventory database that accommodates all transportation-related assets. It manages asset life cycle, asset funding, planning and forecasting, and mapping and reporting.

All-in-One Asset Management

TransAM works as the central repository for all asset management activities: forecasting asset condition and replacement cycles, quantifying capital needs and developing and implementing state-of-good-repair policies for all types of transportation-related assets.

The first fully open-source software platform of its kind, TransAM provides a low-cost, license-free alternative to proprietary asset management systems.

Who benefits from TransAM

Transit organizations can:

  • Capture and maintain an accurate inventory of transit assets
  • Record annual and final disposition of assets
  • Support a capital planning process and maintain a capital projects list that is needs-driven
  • Apply for matching funds
  • Facilitate Federal and state reporting

States can:

  • Deploy one, statewide, capital inventory of transit assets
  • Facilitate the annual grant management process
  • Better predict capital needs
  • Provide enhanced reporting at all levels

Planning partners can:

  • Maintain and access data from a region-specific capital inventory of transit assets
  • Facilitate the planning process, meeting MAP-21 planning requirements
  • Obtain enhanced reporting to identify funding needs and gaps

Key Features

Asset Inventory

TransAM includes a comprehensive hierarchical asset inventory database. Assets are organized by class, then by type and subtype. The system can manage any type of transportation asset, including rolling stock, rail, facilities, shelters, signage, maintenance equipment, communications equipment and computers/software.

Asset Life cycle

Updates to assets are stored as events that can be tracked over time.

Work orders can be created against an asset and photographs or other digital documents can be associated with the asset such as titles, registrations, engineering specifications, maintenance records, damage reports and notices of sale.

User Types

Planning partners, funding partners, state authorities, transportation agencies and asset owners all are networked into the user hierarchy.

Each user can be assigned a specialized role to access only the modules and data necessary for the individual’s function. Users have dashboards customized to their unique roles.

Asset Funding

TransAM associates asset purchases and other activities such as rehabilitation, routine maintenance, replacement and final disposition with a variety of Federal, state and local funding programs.

The system allows managers and decision-makers to report on the use of various funding sources across the asset inventory as a whole, as well as to track the use of public-sector funds over the lifecycle of individual assets.

Planning and Forecasting

TransAM includes customizable asset deterioration models along with replacement and rehabilitation policies. Based on these agency-specific models and policies, the system can project future capital outlays required to maintain a state of good repair.

Mapping and Reporting

TransAM includes open-source mapping tools and can integrate with external mapping services compatible with the OGC Web Map Service, allowing users to generate asset maps at any level of geography.

Detailed reports on asset inventories, state of good repair, funding sources or funding projections can be configured within the software and viewed in a browser, downloaded as spreadsheets or saved as PDFs.


Most agencies have legacy systems, such as accounting or maintenance record systems, which are valuable to connect with TransAM. Configuring TransAM to integrate with such systems – either through simple data export/import routines or via more sophisticated application programming interfaces that facilitate automated data transfers – is a common element for most TransAM deployments.

TransAM allows you to:

Reduce total cost of asset ownership

Preserve capital, reduce maintenance costs and extend the life of assets.

Improve operational efficiency

Consolidate existing asset management applications; integrate with legacy and future third-party systems; and export data and reports to Microsoft Excel.

Support compliance

Comply with Federal, state and local regulations and reporting requirements, including a commitment to comply with MAP-21 requirements once formalized.

Enhance Visibility

Improve communication and project coordination across internal departments and with external organizations. Track assets owned by multiple agencies and manage outsourced activities such as vehicle maintenance.

Streamline Capital

Track funding sources and funding levels; apply service-life models across long- and short-term planning horizons; and identify and track backlog as well as ongoing and future needs.