This article discusses the most important uses of microcomputer developments and the significance to the transit industry. Recent advances in computers and computer programs have made management information systems (MIS) more powerful and less difficult to use while being more affordable for transit operations of all sizes and all modes of service (including paratransit). A research group at Massachusetts University was responsible for reviewing the entire range of computer applications in transit across the country, identifying any deficiencies in the computer industry's ability to address effectively management needs which may be specific to transit and recommending solutions for such shortcomings. MIS for small and medium-sized transit systems was identified as the major problem. A prototype system was developed and successfully tested, based on an economical Relational Data-Base Management System (RDBMS). RDBMS makes it possible to generate new reports from a data base when needed, as well as utilizing graphics software to portray transit-system data to policy boards.

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    Friendship Publications, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Collura, J
    • McOwen, P
  • Publication Date: 1984-2

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 76-78
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  • Accession Number: 00382579
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1984 12:00AM