Transit: Utility of Real-Time Transit Vehicle Data

This project will explore and assess the utility of real-time transit vehicle data and will examine the issues, challenges, and feasibility of its use. Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) is the integrated, dynamic management of freeway, arterial, transit, and parking systems within a corridor using intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies and innovative practices or strategies. This cooperative agreement will support the ability of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to collect and transmit transit vehicle location and passenger loading data of its Red Line light rail transit trains (which operate in the US-75 corridor) to a transit management center and/or ICM system in real time. It will enable DART to monitor transit vehicle locations, speeds, and passenger loads in real time and make informed operational decisions regarding dynamic transit service adjustments in response to changing conditions in the US-75 corridor.The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is partnering with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) and multimodal teams from Dallas and San Diego to implement, test, and evaluate ICM. The results will be nationally-applicable in many large urban areas. The results from the demonstration will be documented in a final project report and used in an independent evaluation conducted by the Volpe Center.