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A Toolkit for Self-Service, Barrier-Free Fare Collection
A Toolkit for Self-Service, Barrier-Free Fare Collection
Report Number: R-080
A significant number of rail transit operators are not or will be looking to adopt lower-cost, less-infrastructure-intensive ways to carry out certain system functions such as fare collection.  This report addresses the full range of issues and parameters that an agency must consider in determining the applicability of self-service fare collection (SSFC) systems, including those related to policy and enforcement issues, operational issues, and capital and equipment issues. The Toolkit is designed for use by agencies at various points in the fare collection decision process.
Accessibility of Automated Fare Vending and Collection for Customers with Disabilities
Accessibility of Automated Fare Vending and Collection for Customers with Disabilities
Report Number: RRD-032
This digest identifies issues of accessibility to automated fare collection and vending machines by transit customers, examines the extent to which these issues arise, and describes solutions that have been implemented or identified as promising.
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Bus Rapid Transit - Implementation Guidelines
Bus Rapid Transit - Implementation Guidelines
Report Number: R-090 Volume 2
This report presents planning and implementation guidelines for bus rapid transit (BRT).  The guidelines are based on a literature review and an analysis of 26 case study cities in the United States and abroad.  The guidelines cover the main components of BRT - running ways, stations, traffic controls, vehicles, intelligent transportation systems (ITSs), bus operations, fare collections and marketing, and implementation. This report will be useful to policy-makers, chief executive officers, senior managers, and planners.
Bus Routing and Coverage
Bus Routing and Coverage
Report Number: R-095 Chapter 10
This report addresses traveler response to, and related impacts of, conventional bus transit alterations.  Included are routing changes at both the individual route and system levels, new bus systems and system clousures, bus system expansion and retrenchment, increases and decreases in geographic coverage, and routing and coverage changes made together with fare changes.  This report will be of interest to transit planning practitioners; educators and researchers, professionals across a broad spectrum of transportation agencies, MOPs, and local, state, and federal government agencies.
Bus Transit Fare Collection Practices
Bus Transit Fare Collection Practices
Report Number: S-026
This synthesis will be of interest to transit agency general managers, bus operations, operations planning and scheduling, finance, and accounting staffs, as well as public relations, marketing, and security staffs. It documents fixed route bus fare collection practices at selected transit agencies. Survey responses about fare policy, fare collection equipment, fare disputes, and fare evasion issues, as well as customer information and the impact of reduced financial assistance is offered.
Developing a Recommended Standard for Automated Fare Collection for Transit
Developing a Recommended Standard for Automated Fare Collection for Transit
Report Number: RRD-057
This digest provides guidance on how best to apply automated fare collection in multiagency, regional environments.  It identifies a representative sample of existing regional fare management programs, reviews their structure, and offers suggested procedures for implementing such regional programs.
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Evaluation of Economic Feasibility and Innovative Payment Plans of the Independent Transportation Network (ITN)
Report Number: IDEA-18
This was a follow-up project for pilot testing and product transfer of the successful IDEA concept, Transit-9. The project tested innovative payment plans of the Independent Transportation Network (ITN) as an alternative transportation means for the elderly using nontraditional payment plans. A survey, designed to address differing populations with a differing role in the transportation service, was completed for five focus groups. The focus groups included seniors currently using the ITN, seniors not using the ITN, adult children whose parents use the ITN, businesses that serve the senior population, and volunteer drivers. Based on survey results, pilot test and operational evaluations for levels of service and innovative payment plans for the transportation of seniors were developed and discussed with a panel of regional experts. In the next stage, the application of ITS technology to ITN was explored. This used smart cards for electronic fare and data collection and record keeping, global positioning satellites (GPS) and geographic information system (GIS) mapping. Pilot testing of the ITN operation was carried out under an FTA grant for ITN deployment. Based on test results, the economic and social benefits of the ITN system will be esvaluated, and guidelines for possible application in other representative communities, including rural areas, will be considered.
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Fare Machine Tactile/Audio Instruction System (FMTAIS)
Fare Machine Tactile/Audio Instruction System (FMTAIS)
Report Number: IDEA-29
This project tested and documented a practical system to make fare vending equipment usable by individuals with vision impairments. Working with staff from the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri-Rail and the National Federation of the Blind of Florida, the project developed a fare machine/patron interface that makes automatic fare machines fully usable by persons with vision impairments. This was done through the design, installation, and testing of a complimentary system of raised letter, Braille, tactile pathway and instructions on the face of the fare vendor that is complimented by an audible, sythesized voice instruction system.
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Fare Policies, Structures and Technologies: Update
Report Number: R-094
This report update, identifies, describes, and evaluates key fare structures, policies, and technologies that are being considered by transit agencies, with a focus on their impact on customers, operations management, and effective and equitable fare integration.  This report includes date on fare structures, policy-making procedures, and ongoing efforts to implement fare technology.
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Fare Policies, Structures, and Technologies
Fare Policies, Structures, and Technologies
Report Number: R-010
This report will be of interest to policy makers and managers at transit agencies developing and implementing fare policies to meet their social, financial, and service needs. The report includes the results of a comprehensive study of the major parameters of the transit fare decision-making process, and it provides guidance for making decisions related to fare policy, structure, and technology.
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