Title

TRANSIT ITS: THE CHALLENGE, THE OPPORTUNITY

Authors

L B. Wilson

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1995

Subject Area

infrastructure - vehicle, planning - integration, planning - signage/information, organisation - management, technology - intelligent transport systems, mode - mass transit

Keywords

Uniformity, Transit, Systems integration, Standardization, Standardisation, RTI, Road transport informatics, Public transit, Procurement, Mass transit, Manpower utilization, Management, Local transit, Level of service, IVHS, ITS (Intelligent transportation systems), Intermodal services, Intelligent vehicle highway systems, Intelligent transportation systems, Integrated systems, Integrated control systems, Information management, Improvements, Harmonization, Harmonisation, Equipment management, Equipment, Devices, Deployment, Databases, Cost effectiveness, ATT, Apparatus, Advanced transport telematics

Abstract

Improved service to customers, improved equipment utilization, and more cost-effective operations are leading transit officials to intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies. Many questions remain, though, regarding ITS deployment within a transit organization, integration of ITS operations, and effective strategies for ITS procurement. This article previews a white paper on transit ITS. Seven factors deemed critical for successful deployment of transit ITS are: 1) standardization; 2) intermodalism mindset; 3) accurate, complete, and current foundation databases and systems; 4) view information as integral part of transit service; 5) make transit easier to use; 6) broad-based professional involvement and sharing of experiences; and 7) effective institutional support.