This document, produced by RTIG, documents the activities and outcomes of the RTIG Digital Air Interface Protocol (DAIP) Interoperability Testing day held on 26 March 2013.
Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) offers public transport to areas which would not normally benefit from a regular bus service. Rural areas are the usual beneficiaries of DRT schemes as their low population and relative remoteness do not make them attractive for bus companies looking to run profitable bus routes.
This document is the final phase of the RTIG project Smart Cities: Transport’s Role . This work was undertaken in collaboration with the UTMC Development Group.
Passengers need multi-modal travel information which is accurate, timely, consistent and clear. Never is this more important than when a journey is disrupted. Arguably, disruption information is the most important information to passengers. When everything is running smoothly and as expected, many regular passengers will use information only to confirm what they already know.
This document is RTIG’s Position Paper on the principles, processes and tools used to manage disruptions in bus services.
This Paper has been developed by the RTIG Disruption Working Group, which has benefited from the expertise of public authorities, passenger groups and the private sector. It encapsulates our current understanding of the state of play as well as some high level guidance for practitioners, as at March 2015.
During 2010 severe weather brought much of the UK to a standstill. Buses and trains were all badly affected. The transport industry was severely criticised for its lack of good quality, consistent and timely information to passengers during periods of severe disruption.
English local authorities have stated that the rate of investment in bus real time information (RTI) systems over the past four years is expected to continue over the next two, even though the funding available through the Government’s ‘kick start’ programme has now ceased. However, this is unlikely to be sustained unless the parties involved are convinced that there is a robust business case for RTI.
This document covers:
- the rationale for undertaking data analysis, and the potential benefits and constraints;
- the current practice in data analysis within both local authorities and bus operators;
- the nature of the data which is analysed, particularly where there is a reliance on external data;
- the trends which have become apparent during discussions and the issues which arose
The purpose of the development of RTIG Standards and Guidelines was to ensure that there is a suitable suite of robust, open specifications to support the necessary aspects of RTI system implementation.
These documents assist implementers to:
- identify, select and validate equipment;
- to achieve cross-border interoperability;
- to enable flexible fleet management;
- to allow UK suppliers to effectively market to overseas customers.
The DfT commissioned RTIG to undertake a review of how bus operators integrate their RTI systems into their fleet management processes and systems.