Cost Cutting through Information Systems<br />Transportation leadership you can trust.<br />presented toNew York State Pub...
Presentation Overview<br />Background: Google Transit and Related Services<br />Project showcase:<br />Transit Toolscs for...
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Why Successful<br />A commitment to open architecture and community participation<br />A mindset of focusing on flexible l...
Why Significant<br />Valuable in its own right as a powerful (and very cost-effective) transit customer service applicatio...
12<br />Transit Toolscs for improved Service Planning<br />
Project Goals<br />Provide an efficient means for evaluating route realignments and new services<br />Identify areas with ...
Project Impacts<br />Transit Tools now in use in San Franciso (ongoing), Puget Sound, Chicago, Washington DC, San Mateo, U...
PROGGREScs for Asset Management/SOGR<br />30<br />
Problem Goals<br />Deliver predictable levels of funding to VA transit agencies<br />Ensure that funds are awarded based o...
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Project Impacts<br />Now in third annual cycle of use; considered very successful<br />Grant application workflow adapted ...
Atlanta Regional Transit Data Warehouse<br />44<br />
Project Goals<br />Develop a regional view of transit – encourage collaboration and data sharing<br />Leverage the GTFS sp...
Project Scope<br />Data Warehouse for…<br />Route & Schedule Data (GTFS)<br />Capital Asset Inventory (like PROGGRES)<br /...
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Operators/Agencies<br />U GA Transit System<br />GRTA<br />MARTA<br />Buckhead Community Improvement District<br />ARC<br ...
Expected Benefits – Regional and National	<br />Better sharing and integration of transit data – not just route/stop, but ...
A Sidebar on Open Source Software<br />54<br />
Open Source Software – Definition (Wikipedia)<br />“Open source software is software whose source code is published and ma...
Open Source Licenses (Wikipedia)<br />Grant to licensees the right to copy, modify and redistribute source code (or conten...
Open Source is Not Necessarily…<br />Public Domain<br />Copyright Free<br />Good<br />Free<br />
Big Finish<br />Google Transit and the Changing Landscape of software generally, and for transit agencies in particular<br...
Cost Cutting through Information Systems<br />Transportation leadership you can trust.<br />presented toNew York State Pub...
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Cost Cutting through Information Systems: Using Google Transit as a Model

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Presented by Eric Ziering, Director of Software, Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

Google Transit and the widespread adoption of the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) has had a huge impact on the availability of Transit routing and scheduling services and information,
both from Google and third parties such as HopStop.com. The effect has been to provide
the public with high-quality information services (well beyond what was imaginable a decade
ago) while lowering the cost to transit agencies. In his presentation, Mr. Ziering will tie together a
number of transit-related information systems projects that are now in progress or have recently
been completed by Cambridge Systematics that illustrate this theme of cost-effectiveness through
the innovative use of information technology. Together, these projects showcase the potential to
maximize the effectiveness of existing transit agency resources through innovative use of information systems.

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Cost Cutting through Information Systems: Using Google Transit as a Model

  1. 1. Cost Cutting through Information Systems<br />Transportation leadership you can trust.<br />presented toNew York State Public Transit Association Spring Conference<br />presented byEric ZieringCambridge Systematics, Inc.<br />June 3, 2011<br />Using Google Transit as a Model<br />
  2. 2. Presentation Overview<br />Background: Google Transit and Related Services<br />Project showcase:<br />Transit Toolscs for improved Service Planning<br />PROGGREScs for Asset Management/SOGR<br />Atlanta Regional Transit Data Warehouse<br />A brief sidebar on open source software<br />Big Finish and Q&A<br />1<br />
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  11. 11. Why Successful<br />A commitment to open architecture and community participation<br />A mindset of focusing on flexible layers of infrastructure, rather than specific applications<br />A willingness to allow (or even an intent to encourage) commercialization by third parties<br />A very high level of skill and technical capability<br />A virtually unlimited budget<br />10<br />
  12. 12. Why Significant<br />Valuable in its own right as a powerful (and very cost-effective) transit customer service application<br />Emblematic of a new way of doing business:<br />Openness – competitive market for application development and maintenance<br />Industry momentum – improvements in the core application derive benefits that are highly leveraged<br />A thriving open-source community delivers “free” enhancements<br />Changing industry expectations and perceptions<br />
  13. 13. 12<br />Transit Toolscs for improved Service Planning<br />
  14. 14. Project Goals<br />Provide an efficient means for evaluating route realignments and new services<br />Identify areas with the greatest potential demand for service – ensure best use of resources<br />Leverage behavioral models, rich census data, and – where available – market research and segmentation data<br />Evaluate and demonstrate potential impacts of regional policy changes, and their interrelationship with service characteristics.<br />13<br />
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  30. 30. Project Impacts<br />Transit Tools now in use in San Franciso (ongoing), Puget Sound, Chicago, Washington DC, San Mateo, Utah<br />Web-based version deployed in 2011<br />Reduced development and deployment costs<br />Enhanced capabilities<br />Flexible deployment (software-as-a-service option)<br />Tools support cost cutting and efficient use of resources<br />29<br />
  31. 31. PROGGREScs for Asset Management/SOGR<br />30<br />
  32. 32. Problem Goals<br />Deliver predictable levels of funding to VA transit agencies<br />Ensure that funds are awarded based on verifiable need<br />Obtain maximum leverage from Federal funding sources<br />Implement a particular SOGR policy: focus on ensuring that operators maintaining the health of rolling stock <br />31<br />
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  44. 44. Project Impacts<br />Now in third annual cycle of use; considered very successful<br />Grant application workflow adapted to leverage SOGR forecasts<br />DRPT can justify expenditures and ensure “best use” of funds<br />FTA grant application submitted to enhance and release as an open source application<br />43<br />
  45. 45. Atlanta Regional Transit Data Warehouse<br />44<br />
  46. 46. Project Goals<br />Develop a regional view of transit – encourage collaboration and data sharing<br />Leverage the GTFS specification to support regional route maps and (future) trip planning applications<br />Provide data access to support a community of innovation around other Transit data sources<br />Partnership between CS and OpenPlans, a non-profit specializing in open source solutions<br />45<br />
  47. 47. Project Scope<br />Data Warehouse for…<br />Route & Schedule Data (GTFS)<br />Capital Asset Inventory (like PROGGRES)<br />Performance Data @ System & Route level (like NTD)<br />Software Capabilities…<br />Interactive Regional Route Map<br />Administrative Interface for Data Editing (including route, stop, and schedule data; NTD data)<br />Defined APIs to support third party applications<br />Support a Regional Viewpoint<br />46<br />
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  53. 53. Operators/Agencies<br />U GA Transit System<br />GRTA<br />MARTA<br />Buckhead Community Improvement District<br />ARC<br />Cherokee County<br />Douglas County Rideshare<br />Hall Area Transit<br />CTRAN<br />GCT<br />Cobb County<br />VPSI Inc.<br />HC Transit<br />52<br />
  54. 54. Expected Benefits – Regional and National <br />Better sharing and integration of transit data – not just route/stop, but operations, assets, etc.<br />Increased regional perspective<br />Enhanced Open Source tools for transit data warehousing<br />Platform that enables third party developers to create new applications<br />53<br />
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  56. 56. Open Source Software – Definition (Wikipedia)<br />“Open source software is software whose source code is published and made available to the public, enabling anyone to copy, modify and redistribute the source code without paying royalties or fees. Open source code evolves through community cooperation.”<br />55<br />
  57. 57. Open Source Licenses (Wikipedia)<br />Grant to licensees the right to copy, modify and redistribute source code (or content). <br />Licenses may impose obligations <br />Modifications must be redistributed as open source<br />Author attributions must be included<br />Limitations on [or express permissions for] commercialization<br />Assignment of copyrights for new submissions<br />Common licenses include Apache, BSD, GNU GPL, GNU Lesser GPL, MIT, Eclipse, Mozilla…<br />56<br />
  58. 58. Open Source is Not Necessarily…<br />Public Domain<br />Copyright Free<br />Good<br />Free<br />
  59. 59. Big Finish<br />Google Transit and the Changing Landscape of software generally, and for transit agencies in particular<br />Wide variety of applications available for cost management and for ensuring the most effective of scarce resources: Service Planning, Asset Management/SOGR, Transit Data Warehousing of a variety of data types<br />A small sidebar on Open Source<br />58<br />
  60. 60. Cost Cutting through Information Systems<br />Transportation leadership you can trust.<br />presented toNew York State Public Transit Association Spring Conference<br />presented byEric ZieringCambridge Systematics, Inc.<br />June 3, 2011<br />Using Google Transit as a Model<br />

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