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How to Advance Beyond Your Legacy Transit Technology

by Ecolane / October 31, 2016

The next 10 years will bring key financial, demographic, and technological changes that will greatly impact both the demand for public transportation as well as the way in which it’s provided. Spurred by immense pressure to increase productivity with less funding support, enhance customer experiences, and accommodate growing demands for transit and paratransit services, providers working within the ever-evolving public transportation industry have been challenged to adopt the solutions that will allow them to realize operational, organizational, and cost efficiencies while achieving the scalability needed to meet current and future ridership demands.

Ecolane, in partnership with National Express, has developed the Legacy Advancement Program (LAP) in an effort to provider transit agencies with the resources and support needed to advance beyond their legacy systems and achieve the seamless mobility required to maintain relevancy in today’s transit landscape.

What is the Legacy Advancement Program?

Designed to help agencies combat rising financial, demographic, and technological hurdles, the Legacy Advancement Program works to help agencies replace their legacy systems with modern transit software at a price point that is equivalent to their existing software maintenance fees. With the ability to replace expensive and cumbersome legacy systems, which are taxing agencies with spiraling costs and complex upgrades, transit providers are able to maximize resource capacity while also investing in the technology that will facilitate more productive, cost-efficient, and scalable transit operations.

Although a lack of available financing and resources had previously prevented agencies from pursuing the adoption of more intelligent and sophisticated systems, Ecolane’s partnership with National Express has allowed providers to leverage a multi-national team of technologists, project managers, support personnel, over 25,000 real-world transportation workers, as well as a leadership team with a deep understanding of transit operations, operational efficiency measurement, and scheduling software implementations. By eliminating the high financial and operational barriers often associated with IT transformation efforts, agencies are able to proactively address the financial, demographic, and technological challenges of the changing transit landscape and seamlessly transition away from their legacy systems while avoiding high up-front investments and unnecessary operational disruption.

Why ‘Making the Switch’ is Critical to Thriving in Today’s Transit Landscape

As the ‘baby boomer’ generation moves closer to retirement, more individuals live independently for longer, the number of riders with disabilities continues to rise, and technology plays a more integral role in our everyday lives, transit providers will be forced to ‘keep up’. However, without the proper technology in-place transit providers will not be able to take advantage of the continuous system optimizations, real-time scheduling updates, and intuitive reporting capabilities offered through modern transit technology. Not only does this lead to archaic internal systems and processes, but it also hinders transit providers from delivering the demand response services and rider-centric experiences needed to maintain relevancy in the ever-evolving transportation industry.

To gain more insight into how Ecolane’s Legacy Advancement Program can help your agency adopt the technology and system capabilities needed to keep up with ever-increasing ridership demands, request a free demo today.

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