The introduction of microcomputers to the transit environment is creating much excitement as managers recognize the tremendous potential of these machines to improve transit decision making at many levels of operation. However, the majority of transit agencies has been cautious about procuring and using microcomputers. This is often due to lack of direct experience with microcomputer systems and to concern about the information furnished by computer vendors who are more interested in sales than in the configuration that is best suited to the transit property. In response to this situation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute staff have developed and are administering a microcomputer training course to familiarize transit managers with many functional areas where microcomputer capabilities can be harnessed. The course emphasizes hands-on experience and provides considerable exposure to decision making using microcomputers. System selection issues and procedures for conducting a needs assessment are also included in the course content. The development of the course and reactions of class participants are described. The course is being expanded to a regional offering through coordination with several universities.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 89-92
  • Monograph Title: Techniques for making key transportation decisions
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00450530
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030903762X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM