Project managers implementing ITS technologies face significant challenges because these projects are often complex in nature and involve multiple disciplines. There are typically two types of transit ITS project managers — those with information technology backgrounds, and those with transit backgrounds. Transit ITS implementation experience in Washoe County, Nevada, provides valuable lessons learned for project managers from non-information technology disciplines.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Nevada (RTC) received discretionary funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to implement a transit ITS project. An Investment Plan was developed in 2000 to ensure that RTC purchased the most suitable technologies. As a result, RTC entered into an agreement with a systems integration vendor in February 2002 to implement transit ITS technologies. The project scope includes 70 fixed-route buses, 43 paratransit vans, and 13 supervisory and maintenance vehicles. The scope called for the replacement of computer aided dispatching (CAD) software, installation of automatic vehicle location (AVL) systems, utilizing global positioning system (GPS) technology, automated onboard announcements, automated passenger counter (APC) capabilities, and transit signal priority (TSP) technology.
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