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Open Data: Challenges and Opportunities for Transit Agencies (Transportation Cooperative Research Board, 2015). Documents the current state of the practice in the use of open data for improved transit planning, service quality, and customer information and the implications of open data and open documentation policies.

Re-Programming Mobility: The Digital Transformation of Transportation in the United States (NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, 2014). Researchers look at new technological innovations and their implications for the future of transportation. They present a set of four alternative scenarios set in major American metropolitan areas in the year 2030, intending for these scenarios to spur and inform discussions about the key issues that the nation’s transportation planners and policymakers need to anticipate in the coming decade

There’s an App for That: Apps Help Mobility Management Professionals Empower Their Customers (National Center for Mobility Management, 2014). Explores smartphone apps that assist people with disabilities, older adults, and people with limited income to connect to transportation options.

Transportation Coordination Enabled by Technology and Innovative Design (National Center for Mobility Management, 2014). Profiles both newer technologies and existing technologies newly adapted to transportation coordination activities. Part of the Promising Practices in Mobility Management series, created by the National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM). Communities profiled in this publication:

  1. Via Mobility Services, Boulder, Colo.: Technology to Enable Trip Sharing Among Providers
  2. Polk County Transit and ElderPoint Ministries, Fla.: Partnering with Volunteer Drivers to Expand Capacity
  3. Lane Transit District, Ore.: Using Technology to Schedule, Track, and Allocate Trip Costs
  4. GoLive, North Carolina: Providing Real-Time Travel Information to Customers
  5. Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART), Mass.: Web-Based Bidding System for Brokering Lowest-Cost Trip

Standardizing Data for Mobility Management (Transit Cooperative Research Program, 2013). Reports on research to identify opportunities for the standardization of data relevant to mobility management systems, focusing on realistically achievable objectives that can be attained in the near-term,including possible specifications, and which can also contribute to more ambitious outcomes over a longer time frame. Also view video introduction to the project.

Developing Regional Mobility Management Centers (Transit Cooperative Research Program, Transit IDEA project 50, 2012). Sets the stage for a multi-phase program to develop innovative low-cost management protocols and software to facilitate data exchange among transportation systems, to help communities better organize, coordinate, schedule, dispatch, and monitor service programs that use transportation as one component of their service delivery strategies.

Evolution of Intelligent Transportation Systems for Mobility Management and Coordination Serving California’s Rural Frontier (Federal Transit Administration, 2012). Documents the evolution, development, and lessons learned while attempting to identify, modify, and deploy ITS and advanced technology tools to facilitate coordination of public transit and social (human) service transportation and mobility management in a “one stop shop” located in Modoc County, California.

Intelligent Transportation Systems: Transit Technology Fact Sheets. Overview (Federal Transit Administration, 2007). Provides a summary of the most basic and useful technologies for different types of transit agencies.

ITS Applications for Coordinating and Improving Human Services Transportation: A Cross-Cutting Study. Improving Service for the Transportation Disadvantaged (Federal Highway Administration, 2006). Highlights technologies that improve accessibility for the transportation disadvantaged, emphasizing technologies that improve coordination of agencies, services, functions,or modes.

Guidebook for Selecting Appropriate Technology Systems for Small Urban and Rural Public Transportation Operators (Transit Cooperative Research Program, Report No. 76, 2002). Supports public transportation professionals in identifying and implementing appropriate technologies for their transit systems. It can be useful in the procurement of low-tech solutions, such as off-the-shelf computer software, as well as high-tech systems, such as automatic vehicle location (AVL) system

Training

Data Interoperability for Mobility Management Technology (TransITech Conference 2013). Archived video of Part 1 and Part 2 of panel discussion on sharing rider data across one call–one click partnerships.

Using Google Transit as a Planning and Customer Information Tool (Joblinks Employment Transportation Center, May 2008). Discussion with Google strategic partner development staff on how communities can use Google Transit to provide trip planning services to customers.

Websites

The Transit Wire. Provides information on state-of-the-art technologies used in the public transportation industry.