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The Perfect Storm: Technological Challenges

by Ecolane / November 28, 2016

As part of a three-part blog series, Ecolane is going to take a deep dive into the financial, demographic, and technological challenges faced by today’s transit providers, and discuss how the Legacy Advancement Program can help agencies to overcome these hurdles. This next article will address the evolution of transit technology, and discuss the impact that disruptive technology will have the future of transit and paratransit operations.

The public transportation industry looks much different than it did 10 years ago, and in order to keep up with rising demands, transit providers must work to deliver the rider-centric experience that today’s consumers have come to expect. It used to be that agencies were the ones dictating various transit routes, schedules and operations, and riders were the ones having to alter their agendas and appointment times accordingly. However, the rise of consumer-centric organizations like Amazon, Uber and Lyft have completely transformed the way transit is delivered in the United States.

Consumers are now more tech-savvy, demanding, and impatient than ever before; meaning that traditional, siloed approaches to fixed and paratransit routes are no longer adequate for accommodating rider demands and expectations. In addition, the rise of complex, coordinated multi-modal transportation models have forced transit agencies to seek out the systems and technologies, like route scheduling software, that will establish greater operational efficiencies while facilitating a more streamlined and effective transit operation.

Though the need to modernize is widely felt among transit professionals, many agencies have struggled to access the funding support and resources needed to do so. Additionally, the perceived costs to transition away from existing, legacy systems has prevented many transit providers from realizing the operational, organizational, and cost efficiencies that can be gained through the use of modern transit technology. However, as the Baby Boomer and Millennial generations continue to leverage public transit as a primary mode of transportation, route scheduling software will surpass a modern convenience and become a critical component to surviving, and thriving, in today’s transit industry.

The Legacy Advancement Program

To help providers overcome these technological challenges, Ecolane and National Express have partnered together to provide today’s transit agencies with the opportunity to leverage modern, cloud-based transit technology at a price point that’s equivalent to existing legacy maintenance fees. With the ability to help agencies leverage real-time scheduling updates, continuous system optimizations, and a shared transportation model, The Legacy Advancement Program allows agencies to eliminate the financial and operational barriers often associated with adopting new technology solutions while creating a more efficient and effective transit operation.

Ecolane's eBook, "Surviving the Storm: Why Transitioning Away from Legacy Systems is Critical in Today's Transit Industry", provides further detail about the technological challenges faced by today’s transit industry, and discusses how agencies can use the Legacy Advancement Program to transition away from their legacy systems while simultaneously creating a more efficient and effective transit operation.

For more insight into how Ecolane, National Express and the Legacy Advancement Program can help your agency combat the technological challenges faced by today’s transit industry, download “Surviving the Storm: Why Transitioning Away from Legacy Systems is Critical in Today’s Transit Industry"

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