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Regional Service Planning Common Statewide Research Issues Update. May 2007 John Overman, TTI joverman@tamu.edu. 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 planning common statewide research issues update

Regional Service PlanningCommon Statewide Research IssuesUpdate

May 2007

John Overman, TTI

joverman@tamu.edu

May 2007 Workshop

white papers barriers and constraints what a difference a year makes

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

research topics affecting coordination
Research Topics Affecting Coordination
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Vehicles
  • Driver Training / Certification
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance

May 2007 Workshop

general observations
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

alternative fuels
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

vehicles
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

vehicle procurement
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

driver hiring training standards
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

technology in transit coordination
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

insurance risk pools
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

May 2007 Workshop

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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

feedback
Feedback
  • Provide comments and examples
  • It’s a continuing process
  • Shine light on constraints

May 2007 Workshop