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Evaluation of the Cape Cod Advanced Public Transit System : phase 1 and 2
  • Published Date:
    2003-01-01
  • Language:
    English
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  • Publication/ Report Number:
    FHWA-JPO-05-013
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  • Geographical Coverage:
  • TRIS Online Accession Number:
    01016465
  • Edition:
    Final report
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  • NTL Classification:
    NTL-INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS-Transit Management ; NTL-PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION-Advanced Public Transit Systems ; NTL-PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION-Transit Planning and Policy
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  • Abstract:
    The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority's (CCRTA) Advanced Public Transportation System (APTS) project is an application of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to fixed-route and paratransit operations in a rural transit setting. The purpose of the project is to apply ITS technology to improve intermodal transportation services for the residents of rural Cape Cod as well as for visitors to the region. The specific problems and issues that the sponsors of the Cape Cod APTS project intended to address are: (1) Access to jobs for year-round residents and the summer workforce; (2) Integration of public transit into an intermodal system through improved service and effective and timely system information and payment mechanisms; and (3) Severe traffic congestion in the summer tourist season on the region’s highway system. This report primarily evaluates Phases 1 and 2 of the Cape Cod APTS project, which were implemented between October 1997 and June 2000. Phases 1 and 2 included the following components: (1) An automatic vehicle location system (AVL) using global positioning systems (GPS) technology; (2) Mobile data computers (MDC) on transit vehicles; (3) A dedicated radio system for data transmission between MDCs and dispatchers; (4) A “silent alarm” feature; (5) A state-of-the-art fast local area network (LAN) at the CCRTA operations center; (6) AVL/MDC host software that includes a geographic information system (GIS) mapping system to display real-time vehicle locations at the operations center; and (7) An Internet site with GIS mapping so that customers can view real-time bus locations.

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