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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

project location
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

mn dot its history
Mn/DOT ITS History
  • More than 15+ years’ experience with transit ITS deployments
  • Partnerships with other agencies
  • Communications evolution
  • Technology evolution
project history
Project History
  • Metropolitan Council approached by Dept. of Human Services
  • Mn/DOT-funded projects invited as participants
our transit its history
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
what we learned
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!
what we ll do differently
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)
what we ll do differently9
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
multiple agency scheduling
Multiple Agency Scheduling
  • Customized data entry screens
  • “Trust relationship” from read only to full access
  • View and change trips scheduled by another agency
constituent access
Constituent Access
  • End users may check on status of existing rides
  • End users may cancel rides
rider information
Rider Information
  • Standard info, plus
    • Unique identification number
    • Eligibility by service
    • Multiple funding sources, etc.
  • Access based on the trust relationship
scheduling
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
reporting
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
contact us
Contact Us:

Sarah Brodt Lenz, Program Administrator

Mn/DOT Office of Transit

[email protected]

(651-366-4177)

Andrew Krueger, Customer Services Manager

Metro Mobility Service Center [email protected]

(651)602-1679

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