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20 Apr 20

Demand Response Data Access & Communications Choices

Thank you to guest blogger Steve Yaffe for writing this blog on factors that influence our decision when procuring technology for scheduling and dispatch for transit agencies. This blog is a continuation of the Technology for Demand Response Transportation series. This blog delves into choices we face when procuring technology for scheduling and dispatch. Key issues in…

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…

16 Sep 19

Improving Driver Safety in the 50 and Older Population

Thank you to AARP and their Driver Safety program for providing this blog on how innovation and technology can improve driver safety for older adult populations. How can drivers remain confident as they age? That’s a critical question that faces drivers 50 and older. AARP, through its 40-year-old safe-driving program, AARP Driver Safety, recently worked with…

06 Aug 19

Addressing New Mobility Services’ Accessibility Barriers

Thank you to guest blogger Steve Yaffe for writing this month’s blog about newer transportation options that have become popular over the past five years and how barriers can be addressed so that options can be more accessible for older adults and travelers with disabilities. New Mobility Services have three major accessibility barriers. These barriers…

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…