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When public transportation industry manufacturers, suppliers, engineers and architects first learned about ADA, the response was, “What’s this involve for me?” Over time, though, that approach has become “What’s this involve for everyone?”
Bus, rail and other vehicle makers, along with station designers and companies making seats, wheelchair restraints and electronic notification technologies, say increased thinking about—and collaboration with—other entities about how to meet the needs of riders with disabilities has helped them meet the requirements of the landmark law (while striving to exceed them) and prompted innovations that have strengthened the public transit experience for all riders. Read More.
Clients have increasingly adopted tablet as mobile data devices within vehicles, which has helped them take advantage of the Google Android platform, save on hardware purchase and repair costs and improve reliability as well as extend the value of tablets for other uses beyond GPS tracking, such as to conduct pre- and post-vehicle inspections and electronic signature capture. Read More.
Riders can Track Buses and Find Best Route
With a quick glance at their smartphone screen, Greenlink bus riders waiting at the bus stop will soon see exactly where their bus is along its route and its expected arrival time. On Nov. 1, Greenlink transit is set to launch the RouteShout mobile app. Created by Atlanta-based RouteMatch, the app can help riders find bus stops using a phone’s GPS, see estimated arrival times, view all stops on a route and mark their favorite stops. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, Android and mobile web devices. Read More.
CTAA Magazine’s editor, Scott Bogren, visited RouteMatch Software’s office in Atlanta to get an overview of the company, culture and technologies. Click on this link to read the full article. GeorgiaTransitDay- CTAA Magazine – RouteMatch
Renville County Heartland Express and Kandiyohi Area Transit jointly applied for a grant from MnDOT to bring new technology to their transit systems and purchased RouteMatch, a routing software. This process involved “the three C’s” of cooperation, coordination, and consolidation. Read more here.
Bus riders in Steamboat Springs will soon be able to use their computers and smartphones to track their ride so they aren’t left out in the cold. Steamboat Springs Transit signed a contract with RouteMatch to install a GPS tracking system in all 21 of the buses in the city’s fleet. Transit Manager Jonathan Flint said the system will help bus riders and the supervisors who run the regional and local bus lines know what’s going on. Read More.
Cody Worsham shares his experience with CATS and RouteShout
I’ve been in Baton Rouge for a quarter century, and until Monday, my only experience with CATS was a near-death one. I was at the light on Chimes Street at Highland a couple years back when an obviously late bus ignored a red light and nearly side-swiped me into an early grave. Luckily for the bus and myself, I survived a terrible car accident at age 14 and have since been the most paranoid of commuters, and that paranoia allowed me to see the bus before a fatal T-boning. Read More.
RouteMatch Software’s mobility management technologies helps Saguaro Transportations Services launch a One Call / One Click Center to provide coordinated transportation for disabled and senior riders in the region.
Beginning today, Saguaro Foundation will start operating SARA (Safe Affordable Reliable Accessible) Rides, a “one call, one click” transportation center. Read More.
New FRTA phone app will help you find out; text alerts coming
If you need to find out when the next FRTA bus will be coming to a stop near you, the answer could be on your cell phone. Franklin Regional Transit Authority bus routes are now available from a free, smart-phone app called “RouteShout,” which helps users find the nearest bus stop and tells them when the next bus will be coming. Read More.
Texoma Paratransit System (TAPS) has reported that the organization has experienced operational improvements across its demand response and fixed-route services by continually adopting RouteMatch Software’s intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies. The Texas agency has experienced greater cost savings, increased ridership and passengers per revenue mile, as well as a reduction in no-shows, according to a company statement. Read More.