A GUIDE FOR DETERMINING COST EFFECTIVENESS OF AUTOMATIC VEHICLE MONITORING SYSTEMS IN MUNICIPAL APPLICATIONS

THIS REPORT DEALS WITH A DETAILED STUDY OF CURRENT OPERATING PRACTICES IN THE MASS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM, POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS, AND SUCH RELATED AREAS AS EMERGENCY AMBULANCE SERVICE AND TRAFFIC ENGINEERING, WITH A VIEW TO ISOLATING GENERAL AND SPECIFIC PROBLEMS THAT MIGHT BE SOLVED BY USE OF AN AUTOMATIC VEHICLE MONITORING (AVM) SYSTEM. FIVE MAJOR PROBLEM AREAS OF MASS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS WERE EXAMINED: (1) SEASONAL BUS REQUIREMENTS; (2) DAILY ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES; (3) LOGISTICS; (4) OPERATIONS; AND (5) OTHER SERVICE FACTORS SUCH AS SECURITY AND INCREASED ATTRACTION OF RIDERS. MONITORING DAY-TO-DAY AND EVEN HOUR-TO-HOUR DEMANDS UPON BUS SERVICE WOULD PERMIT MORE EFFICIENT USE OF EXISTING EQUIPMENT, WITH RESULTANT IMPROVEMENT IN QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF SERVICE. IT WOULD ALSO MAKE SCHEDULE-PRODUCTION SIMPLER AND MORE EFFECTIVE, AT THE SAME TIME RELEASING MANPOWER FOR OTHER DUTIES. MANPOWER SAVINGS IN SUCH AREAS AS RECORD-KEEPING AND REPAIR WOULD BE CONSIDERABLE. IT IS DIFFICULT TO ASSESS IN TERMS OF ACTUAL DOLLARS SUCH FACTORS AS IMPROVED SECURITY AND INCREASED SERVICE TO PASSENGERS. HOWEVER, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THESE FACTORS WOULD WEIGH HEAVILY IN PROMOTING INCREASED PATRONAGE. SIMILARLY IN THE POLICE APPLICATION, THREE MAJOR PROBLEM AREAS WERE EXAMINED: (1) RESPONSE TIME, (2) ARRESTS, AND (3) DISPATCHING. COMPUTER-AIDED DISPATCHING WOULD NOT ONLY REDUCE RESPONSE TIME, BUT ALSO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY SO THAT FEWER MEN MIGHT HANDLE THE COMPLAINT OPERATOR AND DISPATCHER FUNCTIONS. A METHOD IS OUTLINED WHEREBY ANY CITY CAN DETERMINE WHICH, IF ANY, AVM SYSTEM WILL BE MOST COST-EFFECTIVE BY COMPUTING BENEFIT/COST RATIOS FOR THE ALTERNATIVE SYSTEMS. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO MICH-MTD-3
  • Corporate Authors:

    Integrated Traffic Systems, Inc

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  • Publication Date: 1970-7

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201060
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 1973 12:00AM