This article relates how a remote airport parking facility uses Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites to manage shuttle buses so efficiently that customers don't have to wait any more than 10 minutes for a ride to its facility, even though it is 10 miles from Denver International Airport. Their monitoring and dispatch system contrasts with the typical "bump" approach, where buses aren't dispatched until another bus arrives, resulting in customers sitting on stationary buses, which can be more irritating than waiting for a bus in the lot. The automatic vehicle location (AVL) system enabled the parking operator to cut pickup times in half and also reduce the total daily fleet mileage by 600 miles, saving 30 percent on fuel costs. The article describes the equipment needed for the location system, which is anchored by an integrated unit that is activated when the ignition is started and costs roughly $1,000 each. A monitor in the cashier's booth enables a manager to monitor fleet movements and dispatch buses when backups occur. Because a suitably accurate digital map wasn't available at the first implementation, a vendor actually drove the routes and created one. Fuel savings result from reducing buses' need to idle or circle the airport for customers.

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    • January/February 2005
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Parking Association

    1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Corbley, K P
  • Publication Date: 2005-1


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00986925
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 2 2005 12:00AM