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7 Ways Efficient Transit Providers Benefit Community & Environment

by Ecolane / December 1, 2017

Understanding the importance of how efficient transit providers benefit the community and the environment is crucial to a successful operation. Efficiency conserves fuel, saves money and helps the environment. Efficiency also gets passengers where they need to go faster and with added ease. The benefits are almost too numerous to count. 

Below are 7 considerations:

1. Technology Makes Life Easier

Today, transportation software and related technologiees can help make our lives easier. It's accomplishing this, in part, by improving public and paratransit services through highly computerized scheduling methods. These technologies can significantly reduce costs to communities by the inefficient, manual methods previously used.

2. Reduces Costs Overall

Today's technology and supporting software, provide easier scheduling of transportation needs, which reduces wasteful over-spending of community tax dollars on fossil fuels, by scheduling routes based on traffic and speed considerations not just distance from A to B.  This in-hand, frees up transportation budgets to address other concerns, such as maintenance issues and new equipment purchases.

3. Creates Jobs

With reducing costs in areas of public and paratransit services comes the ability to employ more people. It is people who ultimately provide the personal service to communities using technology, not the other way around. By implementing and utilizing technology in transit, more funding is available to hire additional drivers and maintenance staff.

4. Reliable Route Scheduling

Not only does transportation software save tax money, it also makes it possible to pass these savings on to public and paratransit riders. With lower costs and reliable scheduling, mass transit becomes a more viable option for people to use it for work commutes, travel to medical appointments and even just running simple errands.

5. Reduces Road Congestion

When we use technology to manage mass transit operations in our communities, it helps to reduce overcrowding and congestion on our roads. This, in turn, reduces our fuel consumption, lowers the frequency of vehicle accidents, decreases the need for larger parking lots and helps better manage wear and maintenance on public roads.

6. Low Carbon Footprint

It's not just the fuels used that contribute to the carbon footprint and energy consumption. Everything from road asphalt to the white paint stripes to the tires on cars use oil in the manufacturing stages. Reducing the carbon footprint on the planet is becoming more and more necessary to avoid the dangers of environmental pollution in our communities. The fewer number of cars on the road leads to the fewer number of road re-pavements. This can lead to fewer tire manufactures and a healthier overall environment.

7. Promotes Community Growth

As you can see, efficient public transportation and paratransit service has an important role to play in our future. Controlling costs by reducing inefficiency and consumption while, at the same time, creating jobs promotes community growth. By making mass transit reliable, affordable and eco-friendly, entire communities are better served.

An agency that utilizes modern transportation software and technology with the goal of efficiency, can help their surrounding community continue to grow and prosper today and into the future. Contact Ecolane and let us show you how we can help.

 

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