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20 Dec 19

Proceedings of a Workshop – Ushering in an Era of New Mobility: People, Community and Technology

The following is the last in a series of seven blogs on demand response transportation design and operations from guest blogger Steve Yaffe. In this last blog of the series, the need for transactional data specifications to efficiently provide demand response transportation. Many older adults and people with disabilities have difficulty in reaching medical appointments,…

20 Dec 19

Procuring Technology for Computer-Aided Scheduling & Dispatch

The following is the fourth in a series of blogs on demand response transportation design and operations from guest blogger Steve Yaffe. This blog focuses on the stages of procuring technology for scheduling demand response transit. Based on experience scheduling demand response transit manually and with software, pleased be assured that using technology is the…

20 Dec 19

Components of an RFP

The following is the fifth in a series of blogs on demand response transportation design and operations from guest blogger Steve Yaffe. In this blog, will discuss using a Request for Proposals (RFP) a method for procuring transit technology.     As discussed in my previous blog, a Request for Proposals (RFP) is the preferred…

20 Dec 19

Demand Response Transit Technology Specifications

The following is the sixth in a series of blogs on demand response transportation design and operations from guest blogger Steve Yaffe. This blog highlights how to prepare a Request for Proposals in procuring transit technology.   The technologies requested in a RFP Scope has to be scaled in two directions:  the functionalities needed and…

20 Dec 19

Scheduling Agency-Sponsored Rides

The following is the third in a series of blogs on demand response transportation design and operations from guest blogger Steve Yaffe. This blog highlights the importance of an efficient transit scheduling system. Efficient and effective scheduling enables the transportation provider to stay within budget while maintaining the loyalty of funding agencies.  While efficient scheduling…

19 Dec 19

Cost Allocation Among Funding Agencies

In our last NADTC blog , guest blogger Steve Yaffe discussed how more paratransit rides can be provided within budgetary limitations if paratransit operations and accounting are structured as a shared service, with costs proportionately allocated to each funding source. In this second blog of the series, we continue to look at paratransit cost-allocation, with a specific focus on how…

04 Jun 19

University Transportation Center Summit: Key Takeaways and Trends

Curious about the issues and topics that are foremost on the minds of university transportation researchers, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and professionals from highway, public transportation, freight, and alternative transportation? NADTC staff attended the second annual National Mobility Summit of the U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Centers this spring in Washington, D.C., and…

25 Apr 19

Tracking Trends & Innovations in Demand Response Service

We welcome guest blogger Steve Yaffe of Yaffe Mobility Consulting & Project Manager for NADTC’s Implementation Grants. Steve most recently served as Transit Services Manager for the Arlington County (VA) Department of Environmental Services – Transportation Division, where he oversaw planning and operations for Arlington Transit (ART) fixed-route transit as well as Specialized Transit for…

18 Oct 17

Michigan’s Statewide Approach to Connecting Transportation & Information

Thank you to guest blogger Vanessa V. Hansle, CEO/COO, Michigan Transportation Connection, and to Tom Page, Executive Director, Michigan 2-1-1 and Emily Houk, CEO, Research to Practice Consulting, LLC for preparing this post. The Michigan Transportation Connection (MTC): A Statewide Approach to Connecting Transportation & Information Finding transportation can be a daunting task for individuals…

31 Mar 17

Section 5307, 5310, and 5311: Using Non-DOT Federal Funds for Local Match

When it comes to applying for Federal Transit Administration grant funding under the Section 5307 (Urbanized Area and Passenger Ferry in Urbanized Areas), Section 5310 (Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities), and Section 5311 (Rural Areas) programs, determining the type of funds that may be used for local match can be critical, but…