Integrate with the state and National Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Architecture and develop systems using open standards and established guidelines.
The experience of several states in the implementation of ITS to rural transit.
- Create a system that allows the state to manage the implementations as a whole and to tie in each individual transit agency. In Iowa, interoperability between all local transit operators in the state is the basis of the statewide intelligent transportation system (ITS) architecture. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has developed a template for agreements and contracts for ITS, and if the transit agencies would like to participate in the statewide programs, they must sign on and agree to its terms. At this time, each agency has a system that can only be accessed by that agency, and there is no sharing of information.
- Develop standards that can be easily understood by the agencies that will adhere to them as part of the ITS Architecture Guidelines. The California DOT, in conjunction with the California Polytechnic (Cal Poly) State University developed a conceptual framework for ITS solutions based on the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National ITS Architecture Guidelines and the National Transit Coordinate Interface Protocol (TCIP) to ensure uniformity and compatibility with other systems. Open standard transit management software was developed by Cal Poly to govern the system. It was developed using open source code so that others can understand and adapt the program as necessary. The technology solutions also included:
- dynamic messaging signs for real-time information run on solar power.
- central dispatch software and real-time web maps on bus locations.
- silent alarms for emergency situations.
- radio frequency modems for transmission of digital data over voice radio links.
- card reader inputs for magnetic or electronic fare media.
Author: Robert J. Reilly, et al
Published By: Transportation Research Board
Source Date: 2/1/2005URL: http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/tcrp/tcrp_rpt_84v6.pdf
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