Thoughts on Transit - An Ecolane Blog

Transit Reporting: Turning Insights into Intelligence

Posted by Ecolane on Tue, May 3, '16

As the old adage goes, ‘the devil is in the details’, and in relation to the transportation industry this statement could not be truer. Public transportation agencies are often challenged with generating insights into the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their operations, but with so many moving parts, accurate and effective reporting can seem like somewhat of an impossible task.

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Topics: Transit Trends

What Does the FAST Act Mean for Transit Agency Funding

Posted by Ecolane on Thu, Apr 28, '16

Finding viable funding opportunities is an ongoing challenge and area of focus within the transportation industry because, to put it simply: without money, transit cannot operate.  On December 4th, 2015 congress passed the FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act in effort to improve the Nation’s surface transportation infrastructure.

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Topics: Transit Trends

The Era of Social Media Meets Public Transportation

Posted by Ecolane on Thu, Apr 21, '16

It’s no secret that consumer behavior has transformed over the past decade, and in terms of business sustainability, adapting to this shift has become essential to maintaining success. Today’s consumers have become more demanding and impatient than ever before, requiring more efficient and convenient ways to research, shop, purchase, and review  various products and services. Although this sense of entitlement has only continued to progress with the adoption of modern conveniences, much of it can be attributed to the rise of social media.

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Topics: Transit Trends

The Value of Hosted Software Vs. In-House Solutions

Posted by Ecolane on Mon, Apr 18, '16

 

Before delving into whether a hosted or in-house solution is best suited for your business, we should first discuss what each option is, and what they both entail. As with any major strategic decision, it is important to take the time to consider the advantages and disadvantages of the options you are evaluating. With a project of this scale, which directly affects the operational capabilities within a transit agency, and indirectly affects the experience that corresponding riders have with that agency, it is exponentially more important to ensure that the chosen solution is well-aligned with the organization’s overall business strategy.

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Topics: Transit Trends

Faith-Based Transit: A Road Paved With Good Intentions

Posted by William Freedman on Thu, Apr 7, '16


Before I left on the Cross-Country Local – last year’s coast-to-coast trek on public transit – I checked in with a U.S. Department of Transportation analyst named Keith Gates. Recently retired from the Federal Transit Administration, he’s the guy who knows possibly more than anyone else – certainly more than is healthy – about rural bus service in this country. I explained to him what I was going to do and he had some great advice.

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Topics: Transit Trends

A Story of Transit Success: Shoreline Metro

Posted by Ecolane on Mon, Mar 28, '16

Working with transit agencies across the country is always a rewarding experience for Ecolane, and seeing results achieved soon after a software implementation is even more exciting.  Ecolane likes to share the results of agencies who do things right and use them as examples for other implementations. Below is the case of a Wisconsin agency that was able to transform their operations with the help of modern transit software.

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Topics: Client Spotlight, Communications

Risk Management and Transit Software

Posted by Susan Starwalt on Fri, Mar 25, '16

Risk management and safety are always on the minds of those who work in transportation. Bus drivers, dispatchers, schedulers, maintenance personnel, managers, and agency boards all have a vested interest in the topic, not to mention the insurance companies providing coverage to transportation agencies.  After all, what manager hasn’t heard a news story about a bus crash carrying several people and not instantly thought of a training opportunity?

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Topics: Transit Trends, Communications

Public Transit: Riding to the Planet’s Rescue? Not So Fast!

Posted by William Freedman on Tue, Mar 22, '16

If you’re reading this blog, then you’re probably already a strong advocate for public transit. So am I. But that doesn’t mean that every statistic in support of our position is the unvarnished truth. And when it comes to how earth-friendly our modes of transportation are, there’s reason for skepticism.

Could public transit help make the world a cleaner, greener place? Sure. Does it?

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Topics: Transit Trends

The Types of People You’ll Meet on Public Transportation

Posted by Ecolane on Thu, Mar 17, '16

Modern transit riders are much more diverse than they once were in the past, and today more and more people are intentionally choosing to take public transit instead of using personal vehicles. Because riders are coming from such varied demographics, they have different expectations and needs from a transit system. But thanks to modern transportation software that is flexible and customizable, agencies are able to cater to the needs of all riders, regardless of age, income, special needs, or other factors.

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Topics: Transit Trends, Communications

Why It’s Important for Transit Agencies to Trust Transportation Software

Posted by Ecolane on Tue, Mar 15, '16

Transportation software can make the job of transit agencies easier in many ways, but if the people running and managing the software don’t trust its capabilities, then the agency won’t get the maximum benefits from the technology. Trusting the software means putting faith in its ability to create the most efficient schedules, using it to optimize routes and times, and relying on the data it provides to move forward with improvements and expansions.

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Topics: Transit Trends, Communications

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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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