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Title:ITS Transit Case Studies: Making a Case for Coordination of Community Transportation Services Using ITS
Authors:David Ripplinger and Del Peterson
Publication Date:Sep 2005
Report #:DP-171
TRID #:01681532
Keywords:benefits, case studies, communities, coordination, costs, databases, financing, intelligent transportation systems, mobility, paratransit services, social service agencies
Type:Research Report – Department Publications


Advances in computers, telecommunications, and information system technologies have led to the development of a wide range of applications that can improve the efficiency and quality of service for all forms of transportation, including public transit. These developments provide additional tools to help manage the complexity that often arises when local transportation providers coordinate their services.

This study presents the experiences of three organizations as they planned, implemented, and operated intelligent system (ITS) to meet the mobility needs of the communities they serve through improved coordination. These agencies are the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) in Michigan; Reach Your Destination Easily (R.Y.D.E.) in Nebraska; and NDinfo.org in North Dakota. The objective is to provide parties considering or currently involved with the planning and operation of intelligent transportation systems with additional insight gained from knowledge of the unique experience of each of the three organizations. For each of these organizations, technical and institutional issues, requirements, benefits and costs, lessons learned and agreements among transportation providers and funding agencies are described fully in the report.

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