Passenger Transport May 2018 Vol 76 No 9 - 15

2018 BUS & PARATRANSIT CONFERENCE

Tracking Software Pays Off
For Connect Transit

T

hanks to its implementation of
GoCanvas software last year,
Connect Transit in Normal, IL,
is saving roughly $45,000 per year
by digitizing many everyday tasks and
allowing employees to track various
items throughout its daily operations.
GoCanvas saves agency employees
hundreds of hours by replacing illegible,
slow paper forms with an easy-to-use
app that can be accessed on smartphones and tablets. The process also
allows the agency to quickly reference
files and reduces time looking for paper
copies when issues arise.
This software allows Connect
Transit operators to perform pre- and
post-trip reviews via tablets,
view memos and fill out accident reports at the scene. The
user-friendly dashboard lets
management run reports, push
out memos and create checklists while allowing them to
review the analytical data in
real time.
Drivers can also use
GoCanvas to submit defect
information and photos to give
the maintenance department
a better understanding of each
issue. Agency staff are then able
to place the data automatically
into an Excel format to configure and display the information
and gain real-time insights.
GoCanvas allows Connect
Transit staff to separate apps,
submission data and users by
department, division, team,
etc. It also coordinates with

other software such as Dropbox and
Google Drive, which allows for easy
storage of information employees are
collecting in other formats, and features
hundreds of different applications that
can be tailored to fit an organization's
individual needs.
By downloading the app on their
smartphones, operators can stay upto-date on what is happening without
being at the office; they also can sign
off on employee memos after reading through them on their own time.
Operators who do not have smartphone
access can check in at one of four tablet
stations installed by the agency outside
its dispatch window.

Bicyclists Benefit at Dayton RTA's
Wright Stop Bike Shop
The Greater Dayton (OH)
Regional Transit Authority
(RTA) recently offered special
incentives for bicyclists to
mark the seasonal reopening
of its Wright Stop Bike Shop in
downtown Dayton. Sally Brown,
manager of the bike shop
and RTA's Alternative Transit
Solutions Department, called the
bike shop "a natural complement
to our transit services," noting
that all RTA buses have bike
racks. During the opening week,
the bike shop provided discounts
on all parts and accessories and
on the cost of a premium tuneup.

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appointments as well as
offering travel options to family
members with infants in car
seats. The MTA also provides
clients the opportunity to stop
for prescriptions or visit the
grocery store.
MTA General Manager/Chief
Executive Officer Ed Benning
said the service's additional
care and benefits to riders make
a big difference.
"There are some upcharges
that come with those trips
for the added conveniences,
but it's all about offering
what is necessary to provide
a great quality of life for the
citizens in our community,"
he said. "As an organization,
we are extremely proud of the
progress we have made, and
the feedback we have received
from the community is
extremely positive. As ridership
changes on fixed routes, we
see a re-emergence of public
transportation needs that are
much more specialized and are
consistent with the fact that
people are aging in place."

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