In Kansas City, Missouri an automatic vehicle location (AVL) system increase productivity by eliminating seven buses out of a 200 bus system that allowed Kansas City to recover their investment in AVL in two years.
After an extended analysis of travel times, Kansas City, Missouri, was able to reduce up to 10 percent of the equipment required for some bus routes using and AVL/CAD system. The system allows fewer buses to serve those routes with no reduction in customer service. The result is a savings in both operating expense and capital expense by actually removing these buses from service and not replacing them. The productivity gain of eliminating seven buses out of a 200 bus system allowed Kansas City to recover their investment in AVL in two years. Other transit systems have reported reductions in fleet size of 4 percent to 9 percent due to efficiencies of bus utilization.
Author: Jones, W.
Published By: Federal Highway Administration, U.S. DOT
Source Date: 14 November 1995
EDL Number: 4141URL: http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/jpodocs/repts_te/4141.pdf
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automated vehicle location, computer aided dispatch, automatic vehicle locator, AVL, CAD, AVL/CAD