GPS-based vehicle systems generate an increasing amount of data about our public transit systems. In this session, we will discuss some of the ways that transit agencies can improve operational performance, reliability, and efficiency by leveraging billions of data points about how vehicles and people move within cities. We will describe how data from GPS-based AVL systems can be harnes sed in real-time through mapping, visualizations, and analytics to improve the management capabilities thereby maximizing on-time performance and reliability. Through robust software platforms, more comprehensive analysis of historical data collection can also support better long-term planning by agencies.
Real-time passenger information systems not only help create a better rider experience, they can also be harnessed to provide feedback to agencies. We will describe the ways that modern travel information systems, such as mobile trip planning applications and APIs, can leverage data to improve the passenger experience.