Can Technology Aid Congestion?
Here at eCoachManager, we have been helping transport companies streamline their businesses for years. Our software solution is just one of the new technologies that help keeps traffic flowing on the roads and streets of the world.
Solutions such as eCoacManager have helped to formulate other technologies that are helping to aid traffic flow and reduce congestion as well. And at the recent UK Bus Summit in 2017 confirmed, that congestion remains a top priority for transport officials. As the roads are causing bus speeds to fall, this has had a direct effect on ridership numbers.
The Summit addressed certain solutions that are technology-based that could help alleviate the falling bus ridership figures.
Improve Traffic Light Priority
TLP (Traffic Light Priority) can reduce the impact of congestion by letting buses move more freely around the roads.
The technology needed for this to happen is not rocket science and it would be fairly easy to comprehensively introduce it in most of our towns and cities. By optimizing bus movement through junctions it will speed up the bus speeds and frequencies.
Implement Real-Time Data to Improve Scheduling
Most council transport authorities have no idea if their bus schedules are at optimal capacity and efficiency. The way to monitor this is by technology such as Real-Time validation, which will allow authorities to overlay real-time figures on top of any schedules so the data can be analyzed to see if the bus scheduling is at optimum levels.
The real benefit of such technology is that it provides local transport authorities with data so that they can pinpoint where local congestion is affecting schedule accuracy and act upon the information.
Advances in software technology are now making it possible to advance the scope of what transport authorities can do with their bus schedules. Some companies today in the UK are using real-time data to streamline their operations and operate dynamic scheduling.
Dynamic Scheduling is the next evolution of public transport scheduling, and it provides bus operators and local transport authorities to mathematically optimise their schedules with the best possible understanding of the congestion that is happening on the roads.
Another way that technology can help to reduce congestion is to help plan routes and identify how to improve them. Data can now be used to see the effectiveness and popularity of bus routes.
Software can be utilised to offer alternative routes that can be faster and bring more customers. This increase of passengers also benefits from a more efficient service and the traffic flows much better.
There is no doubt that these technology-based solutions will not only alleviate current congestion problems but also bring back lost passengers who have turned to other means of transport for their daily commute.