Computer aided dispatching systems associated with fixed-bus and demand responsive transit systems can range in cost from $10,000 to greater than $50,000 per deployment.

November 2000
Nationwide,United States

Summary Information

This research was conducted by the Volpe Center and builds upon prior work performed by Volpe and other agencies for the Federal Transit Administration under the Advanced Public Transportation System (APTS) Program. A number of studies and surveys of APTS technology applications were reviewed to identify major deployments and benefits derived. Although the study focused primarily on benefits of APTS technologies, the study provided system cost information, and described the functional components of transit operational software and the computer aided dispatching systems associated with fixed-bus and demand responsive transit systems.

The cost of demand-responsive operational software and computer-aided dispatching systems can vary depending on the transit mode, application, and system functionality. System costs can range from $10,000 to greater than $50,000 per deployment. Low-end systems can facilitate scheduling, accounting, and report generation activities. Higher-end systems provide more advanced transit demand management features such as, automated passenger registration, real-time trip scheduling, communications with digital mobile messaging systems, and data exchange with GIS and AVL fleet management systems.

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Benefits Assessment of Advanced Public Transportation System Technologies: Update 2000

Author: Goeddel, Dennis L.

Published By: Federal Transit Administration, U.S.DOT

Prepared by the Volpe National Transportation System Center for the U.S.DOT

Source Date: November 2000

EDL Number: 13334

Other Reference Number: Report No. FTA-MA-7007-00-4


System Cost

Cost range: $10,000 to $50,000+ per system implementation.


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Cost ID: 2003-00020