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Demand Response Management Systems That Work for Paratransit

Posted by Ecolane on Fri, Jul 14, '17

You’ve heard the story before, or maybe you’ve even experienced it firsthand: a transit agency invests a lot of time, money, and additional resources into their paratransit software only to find that their operations are still experiencing inefficiencies and roadblocks.

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Topics: Transit Trends, Demand Response Software

How Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Options are Improving Quality of Life for Riders

Posted by Ecolane on Tue, Jun 27, '17

Non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) is a critical service available for individuals who would otherwise not be able to get to important medical appointments. Access to transportation plays an important role in maintaining an individual’s health, and whether it is due to physical limitations or other circumstances, standard fixed-route public transportation may not always be available or the best option for these individuals.

However, with the NEMT options that are available, transportation is still able to keep these individuals connected to their healthcare providers and able to attend their appointments on a regular basis in a cost-effective and convenient way.

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Topics: Transit Trends, Demand Response Software

3 Reasons Every Vehicle Should Use Mobile Data Tablet Tracking Software

Posted by Ecolane on Fri, Jun 16, '17

Has your transit agency adopted a MDT software solution yet? If it hasn’t, your drivers, your passengers, and your agency operations overall could be suffering.

MDT software brings a number of benefits to an agency and can help improve overall operational efficiency. Here are three reasons why every fleet vehicle your agency has should use mobile data tablet tracking software.

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Topics: Transit Trends, Demand Response Software

Routing & Scheduling Transit Software Benefits for Large Agencies

Posted by Ecolane on Fri, May 26, '17

Public transit agencies face a myriad of challenges on a daily basis. If you put a group of transit directors and operations managers in the same room to talk about the issues they face, you would find they have a lot in common and can sympathize with one another.

While most agencies face common challenges and pain points, it’s true that these issues can be greatly impacted by the size of the agency.

The larger the transit agency, the more challenges arise that need to be addressed.

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Topics: Transit Trends, Demand Response Software

Improving Demand Response Transit Metrics

Posted by Ecolane on Mon, May 22, '17

When it comes to operating a successful transit agency, it is essential to manage critical metrics for performance. Metrics such as customer satisfaction data, safety and maintenance data, operational efficiency, and better resource management are all tell-tale measures to the health and success of an organization. Finding the best way to maintain healthy analytics can be tough, but by leveraging modern demand response software many agencies, especially mid to large size agencies, have been able to not only maintain but improve critical transit operations metrics. Before you take the first step to improving analytics it is vitally important to understand the nuances and signs that will help identify areas of improvement or target areas that can help create more success. This article outlines some examples of finding areas of improvement and how modern software can improve critical transit metrics. 

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Topics: Demand Response Software

Frequently Asked Questions about Demand Responsive Transit Optimization Solutions

Posted by Ecolane on Fri, Apr 28, '17

Demand responsive transit optimization through modern software and an expert team can help to improve critical transit metrics and avoid operational inefficiency for many transit agencies across the country. The most effective way to leverage modern technology is to work with the software provider to troubleshoot any issues or forecast common problems and frequently asked questions that may arise. This blog offers insight into how Ecolane's expert professional services team can solve problems and what common issues and questions generally come up with regards to route scheduling software

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Topics: Transit Trends

3 Trends We See in States Looking for Statewide Providers

Posted by Ecolane on Mon, Apr 17, '17

Outdated, legacy software and administrative issues have both plagued many transit agencies for years. Trying to keep up with a faced-paced environment while still offering quality services to riders has become increasingly difficult. With technology and innovation now playing a larger role in driving the industry, many agencies are moving away from traditional and old-school software contracts and towards more forward-thinking and technology-driven partners. As a company with proven expertise in servicing both rural and urban agencies, we wanted to outline three major trends we're seeing for states considering statewide software providers.

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Topics: Transit Trends

3 Reasons Ohio Agencies Adopt Transit Route Optimization Software

Posted by Ecolane on Tue, Mar 21, '17

The public transportation industry faces some major challenges in this fast-paced, on-demand, digital era that we live in today and Ohio is no exception. The business climate demands agility and customer-centric technology solutions that allow people to have everything they need to interact with your business in the palm of their hand. As one of just three preferred transit software providers in the state of Ohio (along with TripSpark and CTS), Ecolane is well-positioned to work with agencies in the state that are ready to adapt to this tumultuous business climate. Below are three ways that modern transit software will help Ohio agencies compete and grow in the face of these heavy and obstructive challenges facing them today and why Ecolane is the best choice to support those operations. 

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Topics: Transit Trends

How to Fix Your OTP, No-Show Rates, and Other Critical Transit Metrics

Posted by Ecolane on Tue, Feb 28, '17

In this modern and innovative world that we live in, many transit agencies find themselves having trouble keeping up with the times, specifically, when it comes to the growing need in the community for instant gratification and unbelievably fast service. This coupled with limited capacity can result in declining on-time performance (OTP) or other service quality issues. Throughout this article, we will introduce you to the main factors that affect these transit metrics and the solutions that our team of experts and other industry professionals have implemented to combat them.

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Topics: Transit Trends

Is it Time for a Change? 3 Ways You Should be Evaluating Your Transit Operations for Efficiency

Posted by Ecolane on Fri, Feb 24, '17

Many transit organizations go through growing pains related to operational efficiency, operational capacity, and administrative hardships. For management teams, evaluating current transit operations can highlight what is causing inefficiencies. Once the areas of improvement have been identified, the next step will be to create a plan of action to make the improvements.  We have identified the 3 main pain points that we have noticed with transit agencies looking to make a change and our experts have outlined how to find them and what to do to set the action plan in motion.

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Topics: Transit Trends

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