Thoughts on Transit - An Ecolane Blog

How Transit Software Improves the Rider Experience

Posted by Ecolane on Thu, Jan 28, '16

When considering transit software and technological applications, it can be easy to overlook how software can actually impact and improve the experience of the end users; namely the transit riders. However, having the right technologies in place can actually translate into great benefits for transit riders, because technology can help keep costs low, improve the efficiency of a system, make rides safer and faster, and improve both communications and customer service capabilities.

Cutting-edge transit software can increase productivity and help operations run more efficiently, ultimately resulting in happier riders and increased ridership for agencies.  

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Topics: Transit Trends, Communications

Benefits of Transit Software for Managers Working Within a Fixed Budget

Posted by Ecolane on Mon, Jan 25, '16

Having the right software backing a transit system can make all the difference in terms of efficiency, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, data collection, and planning, which translates into being able to provide better service within the same budget. For managers that especially have tight or fixed budgets, the right transit software can help resolve problems, improve communications, and help coordinate logistics without breaking the bank.

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Topics: Transit Trends, Communications

Transit Trends You’ll See in 2016

Posted by Ecolane on Fri, Jan 22, '16

 

New technologies for all industries are constantly being developed, so it’s always exciting to look at what’s coming up the pipeline next. The transit industry is no exception, and 2016 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for both transit companies and passengers alike. Ecolane continually explores emerging trends and opportunities that are on the horizon, because new transportation software and cutting-edge technologies are beneficial for everyone; from transit owners and operators to riders and companies.

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Topics: Transit Trends

How to Introduce Drivers to New Technology

Posted by Ecolane on Wed, Jan 20, '16

Implementing new transit software for an agency can be a difficult adjustment for all involved – from supervisors to dispatchers to executives alike. The ability to transition smoothly, however, will be most dependent on how fast an agency’s drivers are able (or willing) to adapt.

How can an agency effectively introduce its drivers to new software technology to minimize pushback and maximize all that a new software has to offer? Here are the things that an agency can do to ensure a smooth transition and a successful implementation when it comes to its drivers:

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Topics: Transit Trends, Communications

Technical Challenges: Selling Transit Solutions vs. Implementing Them

Posted by Ecolane on Thu, Dec 31, '15

On October 1, 2013 the US government launched the HealthCare.gov website. The much talked-about website is the public-facing portal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare). As controversial as the program may have been, the rollout of the website received even greater criticism and was marred by several VERY public glitches, slowdowns and failures.

Now, in hindsight, we can look at what went wrong, how it might've been avoided, and what lessons we can take away and apply to transit software implementation.

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Topics: Transit Trends, Communications

Ecolane's "Partner of the Year"

Posted by Ecolane on Tue, Dec 29, '15

On December 8th, 2015 Ecolane held its annual Pennsylvania Partner Conference in Harrisburg, PA. The conference is meant to bring together our partners in Pennsylvania to engage in panel discussions, breakout sessions, and network with their peers throughout the state. This year’s discussion topics centered around technology and road mapping in the transit industry.

Ecolane chose to recognize four transit agency partners for their outstanding adoption and use of our software, which we would like to detail here. Suburban TransNet, Perry County Transportation Authority, and Rabbit Transit were all presented with Awards of Excellence, and Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority was presented with our “2015 Partner of the Year” award.

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Topics: Company News, Client Spotlight

3 Things to Consider When Transitioning from Paper-Based to Paperless Systems

Posted by Ecolane on Wed, Dec 23, '15

It’s no secret that businesses around the world keep turning to technology and software to help execute everyday tasks - and the transit industry is no different. Transit software has become the key to success for transit agencies of all sizes, in all areas. The right transportation scheduling software can help your business overcome its biggest obstacles while enabling real, tangible benefits like increased efficiency, maximized productivity, and improved customer satisfaction.

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Topics: Transit Trends

Cross Country Local: Completing the Journey

Posted by Ecolane on Mon, Dec 21, '15

William Freedman has spent the last 8 weeks traveling from coast to coast using only public transportation in an effort to show the population the power of mass transit. Ecolane sat down with the cross country traveler himself to get an update on his journey, find out who he has encountered along the way, and, most importantly, what he has learned about the public transportation industry.

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Topics: Transit Trends

The Cross Country Local on Transit Deserts: Part 2

Posted by William Freedman on Tue, Dec 15, '15

Continued from Transit Deserts: Part 1, William Freedman writes from his hotel room in Sacramento, one travel day away from the end of his Cross Country Local expedition.  As he watches the Broncos vs. Raiders Sunday night football game and nurses a case of sciatica, he documents the holes in the map where mass transit is not readily available to the public, making travel difficult.

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Topics: Transit Trends

The Cross Country Local on Transit Deserts: Part 1

Posted by William Freedman on Mon, Dec 14, '15

I write this from a hotel room in Sacramento, one travel day away from the end of the Cross-Country Local. It’s Sunday and not all the buses are running so I’m watching the Broncos trying to hold the Raiders, nursing a case of sciatica that invaded my left hip in Reno, and reflecting on the successes and failures of this journey across America relying only on local and regional transit.

And, overall, the successes outweigh the failures. Still, there are holes in the map, and they merit some examination.

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Topics: Transit Trends

About the Ecolane Blog

 

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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