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Transit Center Fixed-Route Operations

Equipment Package: Transit Center Fixed-Route Operations

Description: This equipment package manages fixed route transit operations. It supports creation of schedules, blocks and runs for fixed and flexible route transit services. The package allows fixed-route and flexible-route transit services to disseminate schedules and automatically updates customer service operator systems with the most current schedule information. This equipment package also supports automated dispatch of transit vehicles. Current vehicle schedule adherence and optimum scenarios for schedule adjustment are also provided. This equipment package also receives and processes transit vehicle loading data.
Included In: BRTA Transit Dispatch
FRTA Transit Dispatch
Local Transit Dispatch
Private Surface Transportation Provider Dispatch
PVTA Transit Dispatch
PVTA Transit Operators Dispatch Centers
Functional Requirements 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.
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
3 - The center shall be able to generate special routes and schedules to support an incident, disaster, evacuation, or other emergency.
4 - The center shall dispatch fixed route or flexible route transit vehicles
5 - The center shall collect transit operational data for use in the generation of routes and schedules.
6 - The center shall provide instructions or corrective actions to the transit vehicle operators based upon operational needs.
7 - The center shall manage large deviations of individual transit vehicles, deviations in rural areas, and deviations of large numbers of vehicles.
8 - The center shall generate the necessary corrective actions which may involve more than the vehicles concerned and more far reaching action, such as, the introduction of extra vehicles, wide area signal priority by traffic management, the premature termination of some services, etc.
9 - The center shall exchange information with Maintenance and Construction Operations concerning work zones, roadway conditions, asset restrictions, work plans, etc.
10 - The center shall disseminate up-to-date schedules and route information to other centers for fixed and flexible route services.
11 - The center shall provide an interface to the archive data repository to enable the operator to retrieve historical operating data for use in planning transit routes and schedules.
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