Transit Management Functionality

Subsystem Description

FWTAransit Management Subsystem (TRMS) manages transit vehicle fleets and coordinates with other modes and transportation services. It provides operations, maintenance, customer information, planning and management functions for the transit property. It spans distinct central dispatch and garage management systems and supports the spectrum of fixed route, flexible route, paratransit services, transit rail, and bus rapid transit (BRT) service. The subsystem's interfaces allow for communication between transit departments and with other operating entities such as emergency response services and traffic management systems. This subsystem receives special event and real-time incident data from the traffic management subsystem. It provides current transit operations data to other center subsystems. It interfaces with the Emergency Management Subsystem to allow coordinated use of transit vehicles to facilitate response to major emergencies or evacuations. FWTAransit Management Subsystem collects and stores accurate ridership levels and implements fare structures for use in electronic fare collection. It collects operational and maintenance data from transit vehicles, manages vehicle service histories, and assigns vehicle operators and maintenance personnel to vehicles and routes. FWTAransit Management Subsystem also provides the capability for automated planning and scheduling of public transit operations. The scheduling capability includes schedule writing, block building and runcutting. The subsystem furnishes travelers with real-time travel information, continuously updated schedules, schedule adherence information, transfer options, and transit routes and fares. In addition, the subsystem supports transit security features. This includes monitoring silent alarms, both passenger and operator initiated, on-board transit vehicles. It also includes the capability to support transit vehicle operator authentication and the capability to remotely disable a transit vehicle. The subsystem includes the capability to monitor for a transit vehicle being off the assigned route. The subsystem also includes the capability to alert operators and police to potential incidents identified by these security features.

Functional Area: Transit Center Fare Management

Management of fare collection at the center - includes setting and distributing fare information, central processing of fares for transit as well as other ITS services, links to financial institutions and enforcement agencies.

ID Requirement Status
1 The center shall manage the actual value of transit fares for each segment of each regular transit route, including the transmission of the information to transit vehicles and transit stops or stations. Existing
2 The center shall provide the capability for a system operator to manage the transit fares and control the exchange of transit fare information. Existing
3 The center shall process the financial requests from the transit vehicles or roadside and manage an interface to a Financial Institution. Existing
4 The center shall support the payment of transit fare transactions using data provided by the traveler cards / payment instruments. Existing
10 The center shall collect fare statistics data to implement variable and flexible fare structures. Existing

Functional Area: Transit Center Fixed-Route Operations

Management of fixed route transit operations. Planning, scheduling, and dispatch associated with fixed and flexible route transit services. Updates customer service operator systems, and provides current vehicle schedule adherence and optimum scenarios for schedule adjustment.

ID Requirement Status
1 The center shall generate transit routes and schedules based on such factors as parameters input by the system operator, road network conditions, incident information, operational data on current routes and schedules, and digitized map data. Existing
2 The center shall provide the interface to the system operator to control the generation of new routes and schedules (transit services) including the ability to review and update the parameters used by the routes and schedules generation processes and to initiate these processes Existing
3 The center shall be able to generate special routes and schedules to support an incident, disaster, evacuation, or other emergency. Existing
4 The center shall dispatch fixed route or flexible route transit vehicles Existing
5 The center shall collect transit operational data for use in the generation of routes and schedules. Existing
6 The center shall provide instructions or corrective actions to the transit vehicle operators based upon operational needs. Existing

Functional Area: Transit Center Information Services

Provide interactive traveler information to travelers (on-board transit vehicles, at stops/stations, using personal devices), traveler information service providers, media, and other transit organizations. Includes routes, schedules, transfer options, fares, real-time schedule adherence, current incidents, weather conditions, yellow pages, and special events.

ID Requirement Status
1 The center shall provide travelers using public transportation with traffic and advisory information upon request. Such information may include transit routes, schedules, transfer options, fares, real-time schedule adherence, current incidents, weather conditions, and special events. Near-term
2 The center shall provide transit information to the media including details of deviations from schedule of regular transit services. Near-term
3 The center shall exchange transit schedules, real-time arrival information, fare schedules, and general transit service information with other transit organizations to support transit traveler information systems. Near-term
4 The center shall provide transit service information to traveler information service providers including routes, schedules, schedule adherence, and fare information as well as transit service information during evacuation. Near-term

Functional Area: Transit Center Paratransit Operations

Management of demand response transit services, including paratransit. Planning and scheduling of these services. Supports automated vehicle dispatch and automatically updates customer service operator systems.

ID Requirement Status
1 The center shall process trip requests for demand responsive transit services, i.e. paratransit. Sources of the requests may include traveler information service providers. Existing
2 The center shall monitor the operational status of the demand response vehicles including status of passenger pick-up and drop-off. Existing
3 The center shall generate demand response transit (including paratransit) routes and schedules based on such factors as parameters input by the system operator, what other demand responsive transit schedules have been planned, the availability and location of vehicles, the relevance of any fixed transit routes and schedules, road network information, and incident information. Existing
4 The center shall dispatch demand response (paratransit) transit vehicles. Existing

Functional Area: Transit Center Security

Monitor transit vehicle operator or traveler activated alarms; authenticate transit vehicle operators; remotely disable a transit vehicle; alert operators, travelers, and police to potential incidents identified by these security features.

ID Requirement Status
1 The center shall monitor transit vehicle operational data to determine if the transit vehicle is off-route and assess whether a security incident is occurring. Existing
2 The center shall receive reports of emergencies on-board transit vehicles entered directly be the transit vehicle operator or from a traveler through interfaces such as panic buttons or alarm switches. Existing

Functional Area: Transit Center Vehicle Tracking

Monitoring transit vehicle locations via interactions with on-board systems. Furnish users with real-time transit schedule information and maintain interface with digital map providers.

ID Requirement Status
1 The center shall monitor the locations of all transit vehicles within its network. Existing
2 The center shall determine adherence of transit vehicles to their assigned schedule. Existing
3 The center shall support an interface with a map update provider, or other appropriate data sources, through which updates of digitized map data can be obtained and used as a background for transit tracking and dispatch. Existing

Functional Area: Transit Data Collection

Collection and storage of transit management data. For use by operations personnel or data archives in the region.

ID Requirement Status
1 The center shall collect transit management data such as transit fares and passenger use, transit services, paratransit operations, transit vehicle maintenance data, etc. Medium-term
2 The center shall assign quality control metrics and meta-data to be stored along with the data. Meta-data may include attributes that describe the source and quality of the data and the conditions surrounding the collection of the data. Medium-term
3 The center shall receive and respond to requests from ITS Archives for either a catalog of the transit data or for the data itself. Medium-term
4 The center shall be able to produce sample products of the data available. Medium-term

Functional Area: Transit Transportation Operations Data Collection

Collects real-time information on the state of the regional transportation system for operational use by the center. It establishes communications with a regional repository, requests or subscribes to information relevant to the center, and distributes the received information for use.

ID Requirement Status
1 The center shall collect real-time information on the state of the regional transportation system including current traffic and road conditions, weather conditions, special event and incident information. Medium-term
2 The center shall support the capability for the system operator to monitor and control the information collection service. Medium-term