Regional transportation management digitalized data availability on daily trips taken

Regional transportation management digitalized data availability on daily trips taken

Posted on July 1, 2021

Every day millions of people take to the streets, making a point-to-point journey.    Stepping away from the topic of agency/equity for this make-aware “scenario building” episode and focusing on how trio digitalization will help build the future of transportation.  
As the reader is reading this on a digital device, this discussion is not that unfair. 

Ride digitalization gives rider and transportation planners optimized routing planning based on regional settings and time/environmental concerns.  
The travel modes are plenty based on how urban is the resident of the rider.  
Choice of travel could be based on    Dollar-cost time, and therefore leisure factors   Level of comfort need environmental concerns.
Some factors may be more of a choice determinant, such as cost.  The need for time management to a medical appointment while having comfort and privacy Concerns could drive the need for a limiting mode of travel.  
The rider typically stays with a commute planned once and executed the same routine way to maximize time-and-again trip planning to work/chore daily.
A tool that can decide the best mode of travel based on the rider’s travel concerns can serve the rider.  For example, a rider that has a daily commute to work might want to save time on the morning commute but have environmental concerns for the afternoon commute. 

Recent tools for trip planning can quickly disclose the types of vehicle, distance, and cost options. The rider can decide travel based on cost, Level of service (pre see an area of service, chauffered flexible direction, self-directed)
For an urban area that has universities, commercial areas, business hobs, and entertainment and tourist/ airport locations, city planning can benefit the rider by removing random city traffic and planning a more relevant catered road availability for the rider.
As an example, to reduce energy use and road traffic, intercity travel can be manageable by shared shuttle/bus
Student travel by shred school van, volunteer student driver, scooter
Housing areas
to business districts, for rush hours, Routine shuttles directly to business areas or local public transit
to the shopping district for non-rush hours Routine shuttles Directly to shopping areas or local public transit
to medical centers Demand response shuttle, vehicle Point to point (time/privacy concerns)
Tourist areas
Similar planning options can be preplanned for types of guests arriving at the airport for the ground transportation to the hotel area and for a short time stay travel needs to business or entertainment/dining/ activity/sightseeing.
The more data from foot and vehicle traffic That is available to the regional DOTs, the more optimized the number and type of vehicle to demand planning can be provided to planners and, therefore, riders.
This digitalization data availability is not involved in the equity and agency discussion because, although currently some travel options and planning may not be available to all, the digital data can make way for a more equitable city planning that gives transit agencies equitable options to all travelers, while keeping the roads unclutteredPosted in TAXILeave a comment