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Regional Coordination: A Multi-Agency Computer Assisted Scheduling and Automatic Vehicle Location Deployment. 18 th National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation Omaha, Nebraska. Project Location. Minnesota Public Transit Structure 7-County Metro Area Everywhere else

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Regional Coordination: A Multi-Agency Computer Assisted Scheduling and Automatic Vehicle Location Deployment

18th National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation

Omaha, Nebraska


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Project Location

  • Minnesota Public Transit Structure

    • 7-County Metro Area

    • Everywhere else

      • Growing “metroplex”

      • Collar counties


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Canada

North Dakota

Wisconsin

South Dakota

Iowa


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Mn/DOT ITS History

  • More than 15+ years’ experience with transit ITS deployments

  • Partnerships with other agencies

  • Communications evolution

  • Technology evolution


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Project History

  • Metropolitan Council approached by Dept. of Human Services

  • Mn/DOT-funded projects invited as participants


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Our Transit ITS History

  • (1991) Smart DARTS

  • (1994) ARTIC

  • (1998) 3-system Trapeze-Lite Deployment

  • (1999-present) Various individual projects

  • (2003) Paul Bunyan AVL-MDT


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What We Learned

  • Communications infrastructure is different for each project

  • Need a “local champion” at each project site

  • Scheduling algorithms and report writing are entirely separate products!


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What We’ll Do Differently

  • Communications

    • Web-based interface (Explorer or Firefox)

    • Real-time mobile data transmission and automatic vehicle location using existing cellular technology (e.g. Blackberry, I Phone)


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What We’ll Do Differently

  • Expectations have changed over the last 10 years

  • “Test” organizations are fully engaged in the project


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What We’ll Do Differently

  • Scheduling and reporting are treated as two separate products


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Multiple Agency Scheduling

  • Customized data entry screens

  • “Trust relationship” from read only to full access

  • View and change trips scheduled by another agency


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Constituent Access

  • End users may check on status of existing rides

  • End users may cancel rides


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Rider Information

  • Standard info, plus

    • Unique identification number

    • Eligibility by service

    • Multiple funding sources, etc.

  • Access based on the trust relationship


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Scheduling

  • Batch and single insert scheduling

  • Multi-Modal scheduling

  • User defined parameters

    • Unique for each partner

  • Reoptimization

  • Suggest solutions that may include mixing with fixed route


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Reporting

  • Built on a relational database

  • Common reports available

  • User must be able to access database using commercially available report writer

  • Customize for specific DHS needs


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Contact Us:

Sarah Brodt Lenz, Program Administrator

Mn/DOT Office of Transit

sb.lenz@dot.state.mn.us

(651-366-4177)

Andrew Krueger, Customer Services Manager

Metro Mobility Service Center andrew.krueger@metc.state.mn.us

(651)602-1679


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