Network planning in the passenger transport industry is a long, highly complex process that must consider not only existing conditions but also future developments. Public Transportation Operators (PTOs) and Public Transporation Agencies (PTAs) generally work closely with other governmental and non-governmental agencies on developing routes and networks that remain responsive to passenger demand.
Planning not deeply rooted in accurate, objective data has the potential to result in a public transit network with:
- Service gaps in terms of location or frequency
- Excessive service levels disconnected from actual use
- Expansions that fail to keep pace with changes in use
PTOs and PTAs cannot predict the future. But they can strengthen their commitment to fact-based decision-making supported by accurate, objective data about passenger use—a practice that is indispensable when considering strategic investments related to route planning.
A robust data capture solution capable of accurately tracking complex and objective data points about how passengers use public transit assets—including vehicles and stations—helps ensure that PTOs and PTAs:
- Direct capital expenditures to network projects linked with use
- Meet expectations of passengers and external stakeholders
- Operate network assets in the most optimal way
In addition to minimizing uncertainties related to planning for the future, accurate real-time and historical data is also essential for adjusting to developments as they happen. With a deeper understanding of passenger trends, PTOs and PTAs can:
- Optimize service levels
- Reduce spending that doesn’t further service goals
- Justify decisions with external stakeholders
Solutions for Transportation
Xovis sensors create real-time passenger counts and are easy to integrate into current counting systems, saving time, money and resources. Find out more.