Autonomous Dial-A-Ride Transit Project--In-Vehicle Dispatch

Only a few agencies have installed sophisticated paratransit operations software systems. Currently under development is a demand responsive operations software that will virtually eliminate the role of the dispatcher in paratransit service--the autonomous dial-a-ride (ADART) transit software. ADART employs fully automated order-entry and dispatching systems that reside onboard the vehicle. The customer is the only human involved in the entire process of requesting a ride, assigning trips, scheduling arrivals, and routing the vehicle. There is no dispatcher involved. The computers onboard the vehicles not only "talk" to each other, but also "bid" for the incoming trip request based on the vehicle's cost to serve. This project provides ongoing support to Corpus Christi Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for Phase 2 of a four-phased project to develop an operational autonomous dial-a-ride transportation service. Phase I provided the feasibility assessment that led to Phase 2 development and testing of prototype software for the onboard computers. Phase 3 will provide for field testing of the complete system and Phase 4 will include testing the system in revenue service. Overall, ADART is a computerized demand-responsive transportation system that provides door-to-door service, automated fare collection, and computerized diagnostic service. The project will integrate ADART system with the communications, vehicle location, fare payment, traveler information systems currently operated by RTA. The project includes prototype implementation and test of two vehicles using the advanced route scheduling and dispatch system.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $937500.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Transit Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Cronin, Brian

    • Performing Organizations:

      Corpus Christi Regional Transit Authority

      812 Alameda
      Corpus Christi, TX  United States  78404-2933
    • Principal Investigators:

      Watson, Linda

    • Start Date: 20010200
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20021200
    • Source Data: RiP Project 7239

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01459367
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
    • Contract Numbers: FTA-TX-26-7010
    • Files: RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:02PM