Thoughts on Transit - An Ecolane Blog

The Future of Paratransit

Posted by Ecolane on Wed, Jul 22, '15

The unknown can be both frightening and exciting.  An industry like paratransit, that can skirt the line between technology and transportation looks at the future as a double-edged sword.  On one hand, the future will bring both technological and vehicle efficiencies and due to the onslaught of baby-boomers, a burgeoning clientele.  On the other hand, new technology brings new challenges and stresses that haven’t been imagined yet.

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Topics: Transit Trends

Harnessing Web Technologies for Paratransit

Posted by Ecolane on Wed, Jul 15, '15

The demand for paratransit services in the year 2020 is forecast to be significantly higher than it is today with estimates pushing operating costs as high as $4.4 billion by that year. Fueling the huge growth is the baby boomer generation and, as a result, the industry needs to continually explore ways of doing things more effectively and to utilize existing resources as efficiently as possible.

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Topics: Transit Trends

Mobile Web and the Paratransit Industry

Posted by Ecolane on Wed, Jul 8, '15

According to Moore’s Law, technology doubles every two years.  Computer speeds are at a point where it’s hard to imagine them getting faster, devices are as portable and plentiful as ever and it’s rare to find a person without one.  The Internet, the single most powerful tool in human history, is available almost everywhere. 

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Topics: Communications

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

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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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