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ITS Applications in Transit Management Operations

Length: Approximately four hours.

Description

This course presents an overview of ITS applications in public transit management and operations with emphasis on three specific areas. Applications and technologies employed in the Public Transit Operations domain include advanced communications systems, AVL, automated passenger counter systems, and electronic payment systems, to name a few. These, and several other technologies are described in the first section. The second area explored is that of Traveler Information Systems for Transit and their benefits, components, and requirements. The last section introduces Traffic Signal Priorities for Transit (TSPS) benefits, requirements, and technologies used. Case-studies and examples of implementations in each area illustrate the three sections of the course.

Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between the positive and negative consequences of past and on-going experiences in the implementation of traveler information systems and traffic signal priority strategies for transit and to translate these consequences into lessons learned.
  • Explain the relationship between the key concepts and components of the national ITS systems architecture and the basic design of traveler information systems and traffic signal priority strategies for transit.
  • Identify measures (or metrics) to assess the benefits and other impacts of traveler information systems and traffic signal priority strategies for transit.
  • Illustrate the benefits and other impacts associated with the implementation of traveler information systems and traffic signal priority strategies for transit.
  • Describe the objectives, limitations, and major factors associated with the development of traveler information systems and traffic signal priority strategies for transit.
  • Explore the use of ITS applications in public transit in the areas of fleet management and operations, traveler information systems, and transportation demand management.

Outline

Author

Dr. John Collura
Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Carol L. Schweiger
Schweiger Consulting, LLC

 

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