GIS Applications in Transit Planning and Operations: A Review of Current Practice, Effective Applications and Challenges in the USA

The purpose of this article is to provide a high-level overview of current practice in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications in transit from a U.S. perspective.The evolution of GIS within transit agencies over the past decade has been analyzed and trends in application areas as well as challenges have been identified. The evidence demonstrates that there is a great deal of activity in GIS applications in transit operations and planning, and the broad spread of applications demonstrates the success of GIS as a core technology to transit practice. The article describes the three levels of implementation of GIS within transit organizations that are: project base application; departmental resource; and mainstream enterprise system. The following examples are provided to illustrate the trend toward more customer oriented applications:trip itinerary planning systems with web-GIS interfaces and automatic vehicle location/GIS systems that notify customers of bus arrival times.


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  • Accession Number: 01004556
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 2005 8:36AM