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TransitGuru Limited, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, provides several transit planning services ranging from map and schedule development to system design of entire metro systems.

Network Analysis

  • Mapping and Diagramming
    • Necessary for accurate analysis of the transit network
    • Compare service supply to ridership demand
    • Identify potential "latent" demand
  • Performance Data
    • Ridership (recommended to be specific per-trip and per-stop data)
    • Revenue vehicle hours as compared to total vehicle hours for each route
    • Average speed of each route
    • Directness of each route and/or along major portions of corridors
  • Service Supply Analysis
    • Frequency and span of service for each route and neighborhood
    • Identify areas where routes overlap and determine if the overlap is necessary
    • Identify areas of intended or unintended "trip bunching"
  • Suggested Action Plans
    • Utilize mapping techniques to for accurate and relevant proposals
    • Estimate ridership impact on each route, community, and system-wide
    • Estimate first-time and operational cost impact
    • Compare and contrast "no-build" and proposed networks

Network Design

  • Mind the Vehicle Hours while Being Generous with Service
  • Balance the following for the best design
    • ridership
    • service coverage
    • costs
    • work rules
    • topography
    • distribution of operating bases
  • Mapping the Network Is Important
    • Reveal un- or under-served markets
    • Identify areas where excessive, or unnecessary overlap occurs
    • Determine the best opportunities for high-frequency service
    • Identify strategic transfer nodes
    • Consider connecting services not provided by the transit authority

Service Planning

  • Utilize Multiple Tools
    • Make the tool fit the job, not vice versa
    • Adaptable to using or accommodating the tool(s) of the client's choice
    • Develop tools when necessary if traditional tools do not provide desired results
    • License usage of TransitGuru Limited developed tools
  • Detail Oriented
    • Ensure all tranfer nodes have acceptable transfer times
    • Analyze all headways and ensure clock-face headways
    • Provide consistent timings across different days of service
    • Consider and accommodate work-shift changes of major employers

Timetable and Map Design

  • Media Formatting Is Important
    • Serve broad audience with different or univeral format
    • Consider accessibility and ease-of-use
    • Accommodate first-time transit users
    • Create web-enabled or interactive versions to reach online audience
  • Consistent Styling
    • Each color, linetype, and font has a purpose
    • Map and timetable must be intuitive, even to "novice" riders
    • Improve the audience's understanding of the transit system as a network

System/Regional map and Guide Creation

  • Show regional transit connections
  • Interstate carriers also included in map/guide
  • Clear, consise format following the Timetable and Map Design Standards
  • Goal is to increase the understanding of regional transit, utimately generating ridership

Advocacy

  • Demonstrate that transit is one piece of a multi-modal transportation package
  • Research existing transit funding structures
  • Propose alternative funding structures as an improvement over existing funding
  • Analyze proposed improvements on transit funding structures

Project Management (PM) and Process

  • Follow the PM process as specified by Franklin Covey's Project Management
  • Visualize
    • Interview Stakeholders (Funding sources, Elected officials, Riders, Non-Riders, and Business Leaders
    • Rank desired results based on priority
    • Determine purpose for transit service for region (based on stakeholder interviews and desired results)
  • Plan
    • Determine budget and time constraints
    • Design a roll-out and phasing plan for implementation of service changes
    • Consider risks or "hot spots" that may slow implementation
  • Implement
    • Communication with stakeholders throughout implementation process
    • Clear and concise internal communications
    • Communication plan with contractors
    • Regularly revisit vision and plan to ensure that the implemenation is on-track
  • Close
    • Determine if success metrics were met
    • Discuss what worked well and what can be improved
 

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