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Regional Service Planning Common Statewide Research Issues Update. May 2007 John Overman, TTI [email protected] White Papers & Barriers and Constraints What a difference a year makes!. Thanks to Regions! Thank you Providers! Thanks to TxDOT and PTN ! Thanks TTI team members!.

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Regional Service PlanningCommon Statewide Research IssuesUpdate

May 2007

John Overman, TTI

[email protected]

May 2007 Workshop


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White Papers&Barriers and ConstraintsWhat a difference a year makes!

Thanks to Regions!

Thank you Providers!

Thanks to TxDOT and PTN !

Thanks TTI team members!

May 2007 Workshop


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Research Topics Affecting Coordination

  • Alternative Fuels

  • Vehicles

  • Driver Training / Certification

  • Information Technology

  • Insurance

May 2007 Workshop



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General Observations

  • Papers respond to Barriers and Constraints

  • Topics are moving targets

  • Overcoming Barriers and Constraints

    • Often case-by-case and site specific

  • No silver bullets

    • Be diligent and persevere!

  • Shine a light on the problem – it helps everyone see it better

May 2007 Workshop


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Alternative Fuels

  • LEV for Attainment Areas

  • ULEV for Non-attainment Areas

    • Tier 2, Bins 1-5

  • TxLED/ULSD is AF for TxDOT

  • Industry-Engine Mfg. Changing

May 2007 Workshop



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Vehicles

  • ADA Requirements

    • Demand response= Equivalency of service

    • Medicaid = contract requirement = lift when needed

  • One Size Does NOT fit all

  • Mini-vans not always the answer

  • Type II–Cutaways not always the answer

  • Choose Appropriate vehicle for service and conditions

May 2007 Workshop


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VehiclesNational Rural Fleet Mix

May 2007 Workshop


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Vehicle Procurement

  • TxDOT provides procurement documents, forms, vehicle specifications and examples. Three basic options:

    • Individual Purchase – a grantee prepares specifications and goes out for bid individually

    • Group Purchase Agreement – two or more grantees combine to procure vehicles. AKA piggy-back procurement.

    • Cooperative Purchase – grantees purchase through another agency such as the Texas Building Procurement Agency, or the Houston-Galveston Area Council

May 2007 Workshop


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Driver Hiring & Training Standards

  • Significant flexibility in most hiring and training administrative standards

  • Set your standard and cooperate

  • Shared / common training improves ability of provider to carry various clients

May 2007 Workshop


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Technology in Transit Coordination

  • Transit information services

  • Coordinated scheduling and reservations

  • Coordinated fare collection/billing

  • Vehicle location and communication

  • Maintenance tracking

May 2007 Workshop


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Technology in Transit Coordination

  • Lessons learned

    • Focus on outcomes - benefits

    • Custom software may become obsolete

    • Select scalable systems (expandable)

    • Introduce gradually

    • Regional ITS Architecture

    • Group Purchase

May 2007 Workshop


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Insurance & Risk Pools

  • Cost is most commonly cited

  • Risk management is key to controlling cost

  • Other Concerns

    • Funding specific requirements

    • Conflict in Requirements between programs

    • Vehicle sharing

    • Volunteer drivers

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Insurance & Risk Pools

  • TML Risk Pool

  • Vehicle sharing is…

    • Program misconceptions

    • It’s about cost sharing

  • Mixing riders is OK in most cases

  • Volunteer drivers…

May 2007 Workshop


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Feedback

  • Provide comments and examples

  • It’s a continuing process

  • Shine light on constraints

May 2007 Workshop


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