Thoughts on Transit - An Ecolane Blog

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Outdated, legacy software and administrative issues have both plagued many transit agencies for years.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 Should Adopt Ecolane 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

The Age of the Transit Rider: How Agencies Can Respond Effectively

Posted by Ecolane on Mon, Feb 20, '17

With rising demands from an influx of new riders and technological advances, being agile and responsive is no easy task in the paratransit industry. Under pressure from changing demographics, financial challenges, and a need for new technology, paratransit agencies will have to adapt and create a quality experience for riders. In this environment, the riders will dictate changes and shape the future of paratransit. By leveraging modern paratransit software, agencies will be able to make major changes to operational efficiency and effectiveness.

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Topics: Transit Trends

Top 3 Mistakes Paratransit Agencies are Making for the New Year

Posted by Ecolane on Mon, Feb 13, '17

Paratransit agencies have some tough competition and challenges facing them going into 2017 and we are already seeing some agencies making a few common mistakes. With the need for paratransit growing, it will be important for these agencies to identify the gaffes that they are making and implement a plan of action to eliminate those errors moving forward. Below, we have outlined the 3 most common mistakes that we have seen so far. 

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Topics: Transit Trends

Transit Grants 101: Finding Them, Applying for Them, and Getting Them

Posted by Ecolane on Mon, Jan 30, '17

Financial challenges can hinder any agency’s productivity and growth with the inability to implement new strategy and new route scheduling software. The only answer to these challenges is to find funding that can free up budget to allocate to the growth and efficiency needs of any organization. The way to do this is to identify the various transit grants that are available, apply for the grants that will work for you, and follow through with the process to receive the grant. Fortunately, you are not alone in the game as we have outlined these steps in more detail to help you better understand and find more success with the grant application process.

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Topics: Company News

Public Transit Agencies Already Winning the Passenger Battle in 2017

Posted by Ecolane on Mon, Jan 23, '17

In the last few years, particularly 2016, we have seen ride-sharing companies virtually eliminate the need for taxi services and have hit the public transportation industry hard. With the challenge of competing against powerhouse companies such as Lyft and Uber becoming too much to overcome, some agencies have taken the approach of joining rather than fighting by looking into partnerships with these companies. The opportunity to create a seamless experience from getting to the rail or bus station or home from the rail or bus station is what will help struggling agencies to regain traction and help the public transportation industry as a whole regain a leading position when it comes to ridership.

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Topics: Transit Trends

The 4 Most Important Lessons We’ve Learned from Our Customers

Posted by Ecolane on Fri, Jan 13, '17

There is something to say about a great relationship between customers and vendors. Looking back on all of the amazing projects that we have been working on over the years, it is clear to see that a partnership can have greater results than just simply doing business with one another. When both parties have the other’s best interest in mind the sky is the limit when it comes to growth and effectiveness. We looked at our great partnerships and the exciting projects that we have been a part of and realized that we have received as much from our customers as we have given. The following is a summary of the top 4 most important lessons that we have learned from our customers.

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Topics: Company News

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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