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Regional Mobility & Intelligent Transportation Systems in Western Iowa

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During the 2019 National Regional Transportation Conference, June 2019 in Columbus, Ohio, Chris Whitaker shared the process that Western Iowa Transit has used to transition from paper records and phone calls to software for dispatching and scheduling.

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Regional Mobility & Intelligent Transportation Systems in Western Iowa

  1. 1. Regional Mobility & IntelligentTransportation Systems National RegionalTransportation Conference Columbus, Ohio June 17, 2019
  2. 2. Region XII COG Profile •Organized 1973 •6 Counties •56 Cities •74,671 People •Three Divisions •Local Assistance •Western Iowa Transit –1977 •Workforce
  3. 3. Western IowaTransit FY 2018Year End Stats • Ridership: 158,000 • Revenue Miles: 1,154,916 • Revenue hours: 52,486 • CurrentTransit Employees: 39 • Transit Director 1 • Transit Assistant 1 • Office Assistant 1 • Service Manager 1 • Full time drivers 24 • Part-time drivers 11
  4. 4. WIT –Transit Dispatching • Historical Dispatch Systems • Established Routes • Phone • Fax • Bulletin Board Notes • Two Way UHF Radios • Cellular Phones • Barriers toTechnology • Service • Cost • Reluctant to Change
  5. 5. WIT – IntelligentTransportation System Use and Expansion •2017 - 2018 •Faced with Expensive Radio Upgrades •Compared Systems with other Rural Transit Systems •RFP for Software and Equipment
  6. 6. ITS Expansion and Use • ParaPlan for Scheduling • Team on the Run for Dispatching • SamsungTablets • HeadQuarters • Track Location and Speed • Drivers • Receive Dispatch Messages viaVoice andText • Enter Rider Status,Time, Mileage, etc. • MappingTrips and Locations • Funding Source – Private Pay, Contract, etc.
  7. 7. The Driver’s View
  8. 8. TheView from HQ
  9. 9. ITS forWIT • Ease of Use • Push Button EmergencyAlert • Cost Savings • Monthly Cellular Cost = $1200 per month • Old two-way radio rate = $3,500 per month • BetterCommunication and Reporting • Safety Improvements andVehicleTracking
  10. 10. THANKYOU! Chris Whitaker, Local Assistance Director Region XII Council of Governments Carroll, IA 51401 712-792-9914 cwhitaker@region12cog.org www.region12cog.org

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