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TCRP TRANSIT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM REPORT 84 Sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration e-Transit: Electronic Business Strategies for Public Transportation Volume 8 Improving Public Transportation Technology Implementations and Anticipating Emerging Technologies
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TCRP OVERSIGHT AND PROJECT TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD 2007 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE* SELECTION COMMITTEE* CHAIR OFFICERS Robert I. Brownstein AECOM Consult, Inc. CHAIR: Linda S. Watson, CEO, LYNXCentral Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando VICE CHAIR: Debra L. Miller, Secretary, Kansas DOT, Topeka MEMBERS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Robert E. Skinner, Jr., Transportation Research Board Ann August Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority John Bartosiewicz MEMBERS McDonald Transit Associates J. Barry Barker, Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY Linda J. Bohlinger HNTB Corp. Michael W. Behrens, Executive Director, Texas DOT, Austin Peter Cannito Allen D. Biehler, Secretary, Pennsylvania DOT, Harrisburg Metropolitan Transportation Authority--Metro John D. Bowe, President, Americas Region, APL Limited, Oakland, CA North Railroad Larry L. Brown, Sr., Executive Director, Mississippi DOT, Jackson Gregory Cook Violia Transportation Deborah H. Butler, Vice President, Customer Service, Norfolk Southern Corporation and Subsidiaries, Nathaniel P. Ford Atlanta, GA San Francisco MUNI Anne P. Canby, President, Surface Transportation Policy Partnership, Washington, DC Fred M. Gilliam Nicholas J. Garber, Henry L. Kinnier Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Kim R. Green Charlottesville GFI GENFARE Angela Gittens, Vice President, Airport Business Services, HNTB Corporation, Miami, FL Jill A. Hough Susan Hanson, Landry University Professor of Geography, Graduate School of Geography, Clark North Dakota State University John Inglish University, Worcester, MA Utah Transit Authority Adib K. Kanafani, Cahill Professor of Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley Jeanne W. Krieg Harold E. Linnenkohl, Commissioner, Georgia DOT, Atlanta Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority Michael D. Meyer, Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia David A. Lee Connecticut Transit Institute of Technology, Atlanta Clarence W. Marsella Michael R. Morris, Director of Transportation, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Arlington Denver Regional Transportation District John R. Njord, Executive Director, Utah DOT, Salt Lake City Gary W. McNeil Pete K. Rahn, Director, Missouri DOT, Jefferson City GO Transit Michael P. Melaniphy Sandra Rosenbloom, Professor of Planning, University of Arizona, Tucson Motor Coach Industries Tracy L. Rosser, Vice President, Corporate Traffic, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, AR Faye L. M. Moore Rosa Clausell Rountree, Executive Director, Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority, Atlanta Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Henry G. (Gerry) Schwartz, Jr., Senior Professor, Washington University, St. Louis, MO Authority Frank Otero C. Michael Walton, Ernest H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, University of Texas, Austin PACO Technologies Steve Williams, Chairman and CEO, Maverick Transportation, Inc., Little Rock, AR Robert H. Prince, Jr. DMJM+Harris EX OFFICIO MEMBERS Jeffrey M. Rosenberg Amalgamated Transit Union Thad Allen (Adm., U.S. Coast Guard), Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, DC Michael Scanlon Thomas J. Barrett (Vice Adm., U.S. Coast Guard, ret.), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials San Mateo County Transit District Safety Administrator, U.S.DOT Beverly Scott Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Joseph H. Boardman, Federal Railroad Administrator, U.S.DOT James S. Simpson Rebecca M. Brewster, President and COO, American Transportation Research Institute, Smyrna, GA FTA Paul R. Brubaker, Research and Innovative Technology Administrator, U.S.DOT Frank Tobey George Bugliarello, Chancellor, Polytechnic University of New York, Brooklyn, and Foreign Secretary, First Transit Frank Wilson National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County J. Richard Capka, Federal Highway Administrator, U.S.DOT Sean T. Connaughton, Maritime Administrator, U.S.DOT EX OFFICIO MEMBERS William W. Millar Edward R. Hamberger, President and CEO, Association of American Railroads, Washington, DC APTA John H. Hill, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator, U.S.DOT Robert E. Skinner, Jr. John C. Horsley, Executive Director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation TRB Officials, Washington, DC John C. Horsley AASHTO J. Edward Johnson, Director, Applied Science Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, J. Richard Capka John C. Stennis Space Center, MS FHWA William W. Millar, President, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC TDC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Nicole R. Nason, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator, U.S.DOT Louis Sanders Jeffrey N. Shane, Under Secretary for Policy, U.S.DOT APTA James S. Simpson, Federal Transit Administrator, U.S.DOT SECRETARY Carl A. Strock (Lt. Gen., U.S. Army), Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Christopher W. Jenks Engineers, Washington, DC TRB Robert A. Sturgell, Acting Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S.DOT *Membership as of November 2007. *Membership as of October 2007.
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TRANSIT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM TCRP REPORT 84 e-Transit: Electronic Business Strategies for Public Transportation Volume 8 Improving Public Transportation Technology Implementations and Anticipating Emerging Technologies Matthew W. Burt BATTELLE Columbus, OH Chris Cluett BATTELLE Seattle, WA Carol L. Schweiger TRANSYSTEMS CORPORATION Medford, MA Matthew A. Coogan White River Junction, VT AND Richard B. Easley Sharon Easley E-SQUARED ENGINEERING Ashburn, VA Subject Areas Public Transit Research sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration in cooperation with the Transit Development Corporation TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD WASHINGTON, D.C. 2008 www.TRB.org
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TRANSIT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM TCRP REPORT 84, Volume 8 The nation's growth and the need to meet mobility, environmental, Project J-9/Task 12 and energy objectives place demands on public transit systems. Current ISSN 1073-4872 systems, some of which are old and in need of upgrading, must expand ISBN: 978-0-309-09921-9 service area, increase service frequency, and improve efficiency to serve Library of Congress Control Number 20078921967 these demands. Research is necessary to solve operating problems, to © 2008 Transportation Research Board adapt appropriate new technologies from other industries, and to intro- duce innovations into the transit industry. The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) serves as one of the principal means by which the transit industry can develop innovative near-term solutions COPYRIGHT PERMISSION to meet demands placed on it. Authors herein are responsible for the authenticity of their materials and for obtaining written permissions from publishers or persons who own the copyright to any previously The need for TCRP was originally identified in TRB Special Report published or copyrighted material used herein. 213--Research for Public Transit: New Directions, published in 1987 Cooperative Research Programs (CRP) grants permission to reproduce material in this and based on a study sponsored by the Urban Mass Transportation publication for classroom and not-for-profit purposes. Permission is given with the Administration--now the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). A understanding that none of the material will be used to imply TRB, AASHTO, FAA, FHWA, report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), FMCSA, FTA, or Transit Development Corporation endorsement of a particular product, Transportation 2000, also recognized the need for local, problem- method, or practice. It is expected that those reproducing the material in this document for educational and not-for-profit uses will give appropriate acknowledgment of the source of solving research. TCRP, modeled after the longstanding and success- any reprinted or reproduced material. For other uses of the material, request permission ful National Cooperative Highway Research Program, undertakes from CRP. research and other technical activities in response to the needs of tran- sit service providers. The scope of TCRP includes a variety of transit research fields including planning, service configuration, equipment, NOTICE facilities, operations, human resources, maintenance, policy, and The project that is the subject of this report was a part of the Transit Cooperative Research administrative practices. Program conducted by the Transportation Research Board with the approval of the TCRP was established under FTA sponsorship in July 1992. Pro- Governing Board of the National Research Council. Such approval reflects the Governing posed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, TCRP was autho- Board's judgment that the project concerned is appropriate with respect to both the rized as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act purposes and resources of the National Research Council. of 1991 (ISTEA). On May 13, 1992, a memorandum agreement out- The members of the technical advisory panel selected to monitor this project and to review lining TCRP operating procedures was executed by the three cooper- this report were chosen for recognized scholarly competence and with due consideration for the balance of disciplines appropriate to the project. 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COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAMS CRP STAFF FOR TCRP REPORT 84, VOLUME 8 Christopher W. Jenks, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Crawford F. Jencks, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Gwen Chisholm Smith, Senior Program Officer Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Ellen M. Chafee, Assistant Editor TCRP PROJECT J-9 PANEL Field of Special Projects Paul A. Toliver, New Age Industries, Seattle, WA (Chair) Peter Anderson, Fort Worth City Government Robin Cody, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Raymond H. Ellis, AECOM Consult, Inc., Arlington, VA Lawrence J. Harman, Harman Consulting, Boston, MA Rosie Perez, Miami-Dade Transit Agency Michael Shiffer, Chicago Transit Authority Robin C. Stevens, Robin Stevens Consulting, Ltd., New York, NY Linda S. Watson, Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) Nigel H. M. Wilson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mokhtee Ahmad, FTA Liaison Sean Ricketson, FTA Liaison Thomas Palmerlee, TRB Liaison AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The research reported herein was performed under TCRP Project J-09/Task 12. The work was con- ducted by Battelle, TranSystems Corporation, Matthew Coogan, and E-Squared Engineering. Battelle was the lead contractor for this study. The work undertaken by TranSystems, Mr. Coogan, and E-Squared Engineering was performed under a subcontract with Battelle. Matt Burt of Battelle was the principal investigator. The other authors of this report are Chris Cluett, Battelle; Carol Schweiger, TranSystems Corporation; Matthew Coogan; and Richard and Sharon Easley, E-Squared Engineering. The work was done under the general supervision of Mr. Burt. The work at TranSystems was done under the supervision of Ms. Schweiger, with the assistance of Santosh Mishra.
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FOREWORD By Gwen Chisholm Smith Staff Officer Transportation Research Board TCRP Report 84: e-Transit: Electronic Business Strategies for Public Transportation docu- ments principles, techniques, and strategies that are used in electronic business strategies for public transportation. TCRP Report 84 is being published in multiple volumes; Volume 8: Improving Public Transportation Technology Implementations and Anticipating Emerging Technologies summarizes the value of current technologies used in public transportation, describes methods for improving the success of technology implementation, and identifies five promising emerging technologies with application for transit agencies. This report may be used specifically by chief executive officers (CEOs) and chief information officers (CIOs) of transit agencies, transit managers, program and project managers, intelligent transporta- tion systems (ITS) professionals, and the public transportation industry in general. New information and communication technologies are revolutionizing the way services are delivered and organizations are structured. Electronic business processes change the ways organizations operate and conduct business. Opportunities to lower operations and maintenance costs and improve efficiency have changed relationships between transit agen- cies and their suppliers and customers, and electronic business processes are likely to change industry structures in the long term. The declining costs of communications, data storage, and data retrieval are accelerating the opportunities spawned by the Internet and other information and communications technologies. Choosing and sequencing investments in technologies, processes, and people to reduce costs and increase productivity present challenges to the transit manager, who must weigh the costs, benefits, and risks of changing the ways services are delivered. To assist in meeting such challenges, TCRP Project J-9 produces a multiple-volume series under TCRP Report 84. The research program identifies, develops, and provides flexible, ongoing, quick-response research designed to bring electronic business strategies to public trans- portation and mobility management. Improving Public Transportation Technology Implementations and Anticipating Emerging Technologies is the eighth volume in the TCRP Report 84 multiple-volume series. Battelle, in association with TranSystems, Matthew Coogan, and E-Squared Engineering, reviewed lit- erature, trends, and developments of the past few years related to public transportation and technological advancements. Also, the research team conducted 16 interviews with repre- sentatives from both the United States and abroad to determine the extent to which transit agencies worldwide are using various types of information technologies. The research team obtained information on the experiences of transportation providers that have deployed newer technologies, the range of objectives transit agencies have for using current and near- term technologies, and the promises these technologies may hold for transportation oper-
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ations and the people they serve. In addition, the researchers conducted a focus group that included transit CEOs, CIOs, and senior-level technology personnel from U.S. public trans- portation agencies to discuss obstacles that impede the adoption of current and near-term information technologies in public transportation and mobility services. Finally, the researchers describe five emerging technologies, how they might be applied, the range of costs, and the benefits of each. Volumes issued under TCRP Report 84 may be found on the TRB website at http://www. trb.org/news/blurb_browse.asp?id=1. Click on "Transit Cooperative Research Program" under the "Project Reports" heading.)
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CONTENTS 1 Summary 7 Chapter 1 Introduction and Research Approach 7 1.1 Project Overview 8 1.2 Approach 11 Chapter 2 Findings on Current Technologies 11 2.1 Value of Current Technologies 34 2.2 Methods for Improving the Success of Technology Implementations 55 2.3 Prerequisites for Improved Technology Implementations 59 Chapter 3 Findings on Emerging Technologies 59 3.1 Agency Perspectives on Future Technologies 60 3.2 Emerging Technologies 69 Chapter 4 Conclusions 69 4.1 Improving Technology Implementations 70 4.2 Disseminating Study Findings 73 Glossary of Acronyms 76 Appendices