June 11, 2018
Transit speeds are declining across the country, and riders have noticed: experts say that slower speeds are closely connected to declining ridership. But at many agencies, planners often struggle to identify problematic intersections or congested stretches of road, only perpetuating ridership woes.
Proven solutions to these kinds of bottlenecks — like traffic signal priority (TSP), red lanes, and stop consolidation — all require cold, hard data, not only to identify the problems, but also to convince others of the solution.
Yet at most agencies, determining exactly where bottlenecks occur and measuring the impact can be challenging. And for agencies that do have access to granular data, it can take weeks to make sense of speed information and distill the findings into recommendations for stakeholders at city hall.
If you want to win over stakeholders in debates on TSP, priority lanes, or stop consolidation, data is power in getting things done.
That’s why Swiftly has created Speed Map, a new module that immediately shows up-to-the-minute visualizations of where performance issues exist in your transit network.
With Speed Map, you can quickly:
In addition to identifying problem service areas, agencies can run Speed Map reports before and after capital improvement dates to immediately see effects on vehicle speeds and dwell times.
So instead of taking weeks to gather data, conduct a study, and write up a report, only to find that traffic conditions have changed, now you can quickly tell a story about the bottlenecks in your transit network, and easily convey why infrastructure projects would help. Because, as always, data is power.
To learn more about the Speed Map module, request a demo with the Swiftly team.
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