Thoughts on Transit - An Ecolane Blog

Client Spotlight - Perry County, Pennsylvania : Realizing the Benefits

Posted by Ecolane on Tue, Jun 23, '15

 

With an operating area of over 550 square miles, Perry County Transit, located in central Pennsylvania, had more than a handful of challenges delivering efficient paratransit services to their community. Ecolane’s statewide transit software rollout in Pennsylvania presented an opportunity to both support Perry County’s efforts and move them to a modern platform. Typically, Perry runs around 375/trips per day using 28 vehicles (plus sub-contractors).

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Topics: Client Spotlight

Technically Inclined to Helping Transit Agencies

Posted by Ecolane on Fri, May 22, '15

 

Matt Taylor is Ecolane’s Lead Technical Trainer, but don’t get his skills confused with that of an engineer.  Matt worked his way up to his current position starting from an end-user at a transit agency. He has worked as a scheduler, a dispatcher and even a driver.  Beyond his expertise in the workings of Ecolane software, Matt’s biggest skillset is his ability to work and relate with people.

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Topics: Transit Trends

In an Era of Decreasing Productivity Can Technology Swing the Pendulum?

Posted by Ecolane on Thu, May 14, '15

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) changed the landscape of local transportation. It stated that complementary paratransit service is required for passengers not able to navigate the public bus system, are unable to get to a bus stop or temporarily need these services because of injury.  As a result of this legislation, every transit agency in the country essentially became a paratransit agency.

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Topics: Transit Trends

The Future Impact of Paratransit on the Environment

Posted by Ecolane on Wed, Apr 29, '15

Public transportation has long been seen as a great boon for the environment. Any sort of ride sharing cuts a percentage of the sharers’ carbon footprint.  That’s not to say that transit agencies don’t have a carbon footprint.  On the contrary, they utilize large vehicles that oftentimes emit the same kind of emissions that are coming out of every other vehicle on the road.

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Topics: Transit Trends

Active Elders – Living Longer, Happier and More Mobile Lives

Posted by Ecolane on Mon, Apr 27, '15

 As the saying goes, “age is only a number.” That saying rings truer today among retiring baby boomers than ever before.  The 78 million people who make up the largest generation of Americans, work diligently to counteract the inevitability of time.  The results are proving to be worth the efforts, as the current generation of elders are living longer, happier and more productive lives.  Many industries are affected by this development, none more so than the paratransit industry.

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Topics: Transit Trends

The Foundation of Transit Software - Education, Communication, Implementation

Posted by Ecolane on Tue, Apr 14, '15

For many people, the future can be a very scary place.  For Ecolane’s implementation project manager Kevin Dow, however, good planning and communication can bring predictability to the unknown.  While no one can know for certain what to expect in the future, Kevin’s training and experience have enabled him to influence project outcomes to ensure good results for both the agency that is implementing software, and ultimately for our riding public.

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Topics: Company News

An Aging Population and How It Will Affect the Future of Paratransit

Posted by Ecolane on Mon, Apr 6, '15

In 1957 4.3 million Americans were born, representing the pinnacle of the baby boom.  Today those 4.3 million American babies are 58 years old.  Theyve been productive, theyve built great families, great businesses and helped build a great country.  Its now time for the next chapter in their lives; retirement.

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Topics: Transit Trends

Client Spotlight - Akron Metro : “Finding the Perfect Transit Software Solution”

Posted by Ecolane on Mon, Mar 2, '15

Transportation agencies are like any other business, in the sense that they stay in operation because of their customers.  Therefore, providing the the most efficient and the most effective customer service as possible tends to be a crucial part of their world.  That is where the similarities end, though.  Unlike most businesses, transportation agencies, or more specifically, municipal agencies, have headwinds and conflict that most companies wouldnt dream. Government intervention, at every level, is a prime example of what these types of agencies might face on a daily basisAkron Metro, a municipal agency operating in Ohio, not only understands the significance of customer service, they put it at the top of their priority list in spite of the other challenges they face.

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Topics: Client Spotlight, Communications

How Transit Software Helps Agencies Go Green

Posted by Ecolane on Thu, Feb 26, '15

Getting buses to run on time and stay on schedule is no easy feat, and one of the keys to modern efficiency is implementing a proper transit software platform. While time is money, and getting the best transit software available is most definitely an investment for a transit system, there's another reason to make sure your software suite is updated and upgraded; namely the environment.

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Topics: Transit Trends

3 Important Ways Transit Agencies Help Decrease Driver Distraction

Posted by Ecolane on Mon, Feb 23, '15

Thanks to advances in both technology as well as transit software, agencies and their drivers are more efficient than ever. However, the new technology can also distract drivers and that is a deadly serious issue when it comes to transit operations. Here are a few things that a modern transit software should do to help minimize or eliminate the possibility of driver distractions:

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Topics: Transit Trends

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Ecolane's blog is geared towards readers who are interested in perspective, opinion and strategy on the transit industry, scheduling and dispatch software technologies and related topics. 

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