The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has awarded Atlanta-based RouteMatch Software a $1.6 million scheduling and dispatching contract for its transit agencies state-wide.
With RouteMatch's intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in place, GDOT hopes to help regional rural transit agencies improve operational efficiencies and ridership service by optimizing route scheduling and standardizing reporting across the state. Transit agencies benefitting from the Web-based solutions include small, regional, multi-county and large rural systems.
"Many Georgia residents are challenged with long trips to get to their jobs, medical care and everyday needs, and encounter real difficulties getting between different cities and counties. To achieve our transportation coordination goals, we need to effectively schedule trips across multiple service providers," said Carol Comer, acting intermodal director of the Georgia Department of Transportation. "We chose RouteMatch because of their collaborative approach and the success of their current mobility management projects in Georgia. RouteMatch's work with transit agencies of varying sizes and technical infrastructure was also important. We're happy to have RouteMatch on board."
Over the past two years, significant jumps in ridership due to rising gas prices, unemployment, and an aging population have spurred the need for greater efficiencies state-wide.
Utilizing RouteMatch's integrated technology platform, Georgia's transit agencies will be able to automate scheduling and dispatching, schedule trips while identifying funding source, automate billings for trips, track vehicle capabilities and inventory, and consolidate passenger manifests. In addition, RouteMatch's technology will enable transit agencies to more easily prepare reports for GDOT and Georgia's Department of Human Services.
"Being based in Atlanta, we are especially thrilled to be working with the Georgia Department of Transportation with their coordination efforts and helping our state's agencies enhance service and increase region-wide trips," said Tim Quinn, executive vice president, RouteMatch Software. "GDOT has been incredibly visionary and inclusive in pulling together multiple stake-holders to pool vehicles, optimize routes, and combine administrative operations. We are proud to partner with them and jump-start the program."