PROCEEDINGS OF THE WORKSHOP ON MICROCOMPUTERS IN TRANSIT: ISSUES AND DIRECTIONS, AIRLIE HOUSE, NOVEMBER 4-6, 1984. SUPORT FOR MICROCOMPUTERS IN TRANSIT

Microcomputers are being increasingly adopted by transit operating agencies. Three patterns for implementing microcomputer technology have emerged: (1) Only limited appreciation of inherent benefits are present with applications indentified by the agency's staff for apparent needs and with available software; (2) Installation associated with demonstrations of particular applications or turnkey systems; (3) Implementation as a result of a formal evaluation at initiative of state departments of transportations. The majority of applications in transit involve automation of existing procedures previously done manually and transferrable using generic software. Next are applications where more accessible information is perceived as a solution. Finally, agencies may adopt new techniques feasible because of the use of microcomputers. support for microcomputers refers to provision of information and expertise to transit operations implementing microcomputer systems. Such support includes publications, training, and various forms of communications. Possible support roles for promoting and directing microcomputer use include: (1) Market definition for each transit agency; (2) Identification of changing technology and applications; (3) Role for federal agencies based on implicit policy decisions; (4) Private sector role, driven by market forces and government funding; and (5) Users originate many effective applications. Discussion developed an inventory of types of assistance currently available to the transit industry. Support should be available at all levels of expertise. Transit agencies should be encouraged to take training needs into account during procurement. Small operations, including paratransit, can benefit from microcomputers. States have a relationship with all transit properties and can foster their use.

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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 6-15
  • Monograph Title: PROCEEDINGS OF THE WORKSHOP ON MICROCOMPUTERS IN TRANSIT: ISSUES AND DIRECTIONS, AIRLIE HOUSE, VIRGINIA, NOVEMBER 4-6, 1984

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  • Accession Number: 00399751
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1985 12:00AM