Thoughts on Transit - An Ecolane Blog

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

How Some Public Transit Agencies are 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

Top 7 Factors to Consider When Comparing Competitor Route Scheduling Software

Posted by Ecolane on Tue, Jan 10, '17


Selecting any business software is always a formidable task. Mostly because there are so many great choices in today’s digital world, which is why you can be lulled to sleep or become overwhelmed with the incredible number of options, features, and various pricing models. When it comes to route scheduling software this is inherently true. Most agencies are looking to increase operational efficiency, boost productivity, and positively impact the bottom line.  It is important to create a comprehensive strategy to select the right software and software provider. Poor planning and a bad strategy could actually cost you more money in the long term. To help ensure that you are selecting the most effective route scheduling software solution, use the following principles to assess the various software options and software providers.

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Topics: Communications

Is It Time for a Route Scheduling Software Audit?

Posted by Ecolane on Thu, Jan 5, '17

Modern route scheduling software allows transit providers to streamline many of the nuances and expenses associated with manually scheduling their fleet, such as route adjustments and dispatcher-driver communication. However, like all other software, if it is not updated or reevaluated on a frequent basis it can become outdated, and thus, less effective. To minimize the amount of time transit providers spend working through software inefficiencies or operational inadequacies, Ecolane has developed a multi-faceted approach to transit software system audits. Designed to provide agencies with acute insight into the areas within their software that are not fully-optimized or not being utilized to their full potential, Ecolane’s Route Scheduling Software Audit helps clients to maintain the most efficient and productive transit software system possible.

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Topics: Transit Trends

A Day in the Life of a Trip with Ecolane

Posted by Ecolane on Tue, Jan 3, '17


The purpose of public transportation is to help people get from point A to point B when they need to. Whether they have special needs that don’t allow them to drive themselves or they live in a major city and public transit is their main source of transportation, each trip consists of a pickup and a drop off to suit their needs. With Ecolane route scheduling software you can break each trip down by four processes; initial optimization, batch optimization, real-time optimization, and post drop-off optimization. By adding automation to every part of the trip, from reservation to after drop-off, these four processes are what help to separate Ecolane software from competitors.

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Topics: Communications

Top Four Software Features That Are Transforming an Agency’s Transit Operations

Posted by Ecolane on Wed, Dec 21, '16

Leveraging modern software is the first step toward creating a streamlined process for increased productivity that will lead to faster growth and overall organizational efficiency. To achieve this, it is important to ensure that you are taking full advantage of the software and its’ capabilities while also ensuring that you are not throwing money away with software features that you aren’t using and won’t be beneficial for your organization to adopt. This assurance can come from an annual technology audit with your software provider.

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Topics: Client Spotlight, 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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