APTS Technologies
Geographic Information Systems
GIS screen shot Implementation of a Geographic Information System (GIS) provides an extremely powerful tool to assist transit operators in developing the necessary data to make operations and investment decisions. GIS can provide a current, spatial, and interactive visual representation of transit operations. It is a type of computerized database management system in which geographic databases are layered on one another based on a common set of location coordinates. GIS has a multitude of uses for transit systems including: GIS screen shot
  • Transportation planning and modeling
  • Demographic analysis
  • Route planning and analysis
  • Bus stop and facility inventory
  • Ridership analysis
  • Fixed guideway facility management
  • Accident reporting and analysis
  • Automated scheduling capabilities
Integration of both GIS and spatial data efforts, within a transit agency or region, can provide some of the biggest cost-saving benefits in ITS. With so many ITS transit applications using a street network base map and transit features such as stops and routes, having only one database in which to maintain a particular data set is a big benefit in terms of lower costs, more efficient use of staff time, and better data consistency. Having only one GIS system saves licensing costs and reduces training requirements. Benefits can also include more efficient service delivery, better quality services, more accurate customer information, and improved integration between modes and service providers.

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