Title

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND INTEGRATED PUBLIC TRANSIT: SAN GABRIEL VALLEY SMART SHUTTLE FIELD OPERATIONAL TEST

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2001

Subject Area

infrastructure - vehicle, planning - integration, organisation - management, mode - mass transit

Keywords

Vehicle locating systems, Transit operators, Transit, Service integration, San Gabriel Valley Smart Shuttle, Public transit, Multi-agent systems, Mobile communication systems, Mass transit, Management, Local transit, Integrated systems, Integrated control systems, In situ tests, Field tests, Dispatching, Contracting, Constraints, AVL, Automatic vehicle location, Automatic location systems

Abstract

Results of the San Gabriel Valley Smart Shuttle (SGVSS) field operational test (FOT) are presented. Results are drawn from a comprehensive evaluation of the FOT conducted over a 3-year period. The SGVSS attempted to integrate services of three local municipal public transit operators and a regional fixed-route operator via networked computer-assisted dispatching, automated vehicle location, and mobile data terminals. The integrated system was never fully deployed. The history of the project is described, and an analysis of the FOT is presented. Outcomes are explained by the following: (a) origination of the project in a different location and with a different service concept, (b) time and budget constraints imposed by the original FOT, (c) limited commitment on the part of some project participants, (d) lack of clear project goals and objectives, (e) software and hardware technical problems, and (f) problems with contracting and management. The FOT provides many insights into the challenges of service integration. Lessons learned are described.