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Travel Options. Paula Hammond, P.E. Secretary Washington State Department of Transportation. Kathryn Taylor Director Public Transportation Division . Online Trip Planner For Statewide Mobility. Stephen Abernathy, AICP Project Manager Public Transportation Division. Travel Options.

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Travel Options

Paula Hammond, P.E.

Secretary

Washington State Department

of Transportation

Kathryn Taylor

Director

Public Transportation Division

Online Trip Planner

For Statewide Mobility

Stephen Abernathy, AICP

Project Manager

Public Transportation Division


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What is Travel Options?

Online statewide trip planner

Joint project started with Oregon Department of Transportation

WSDOT sole developer currently

Provide online comprehensive trip planning for general public in Washington State


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Key Elements:

Plan a trip in Pacific Northwest using alternative transportation options

Private and Public Transportation providers statewide

(cross jurisdictional)

Provide trip planning information that meets American with Disabilities Section 508 requirements


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Key Elements:

Platform built for automated data updates from transportation providers in Pacific Northwest

Built to incorporate Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia transportation providers data


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Development Phases:

Phase I: Intercity providers

(Scheduled intercity bus providers, rail, ferries)

Phase II: Public Transit providers

Phase III: Scheduled Human Service Providers

Assist providers to transition to Google Transit format


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Components:


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  • Home Page:

  • Designed to “OneDOT” brand

  • Text based search-No Maps

  • Meets ADA Section 508

  • Clear and understandable

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Components:


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  • Near Me Page:

  • Shows transit routes and facilities near location

  • Will show top three locations based on shortest distance from location

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  • Search Results:

  • Shows results based on mode selected

  • Results based on first data search engine selects

  • First two options shown

  • Allows for search refinement

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  • Search Refinement Results:

  • Shows results based refinement selected

  • Results based on fastest, fewest transfers or nearest available to desired departure and arrival times

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  • Search Refinement Results:

  • Allows user to also refine search for special needs

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  • Not overload results with graphics and visual displays

  • Displays results that dial-up connection users in rural areas can receive with minimal processing times

  • Design automated data upload protocols from transportation providers

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Key Design Components:


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  • Funding- Secure funding sources for development for all phases

  • Manage Scope- Avoid tendency to add on

  • Data Collection- Not all transportation providers have technical staff capable to assist

  • Market Forces- Rapid change in field drives

  • Innovation and other sources

  • (Google Transit)

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Key Lessons Learned:


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  • Mapping- Difficulty in having maps meet ADA Section 508 compliance

  • Mapping Part II- Not all GPS data is the same. Depends on collection methodology and criteria

  • Operations and Maintenance- Requires full-time staff and capital replacement program for hardware

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Key Lessons Learned:


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  • Data Sharing Agreements- Needed for clear expectations for providers and WSDOT

  • Partnerships- Seek out potential partners to share costs, collect and share data

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Key Lessons Learned:


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Questions?

Stephen Abernathy, AICP

360.705.7929

[email protected]


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