Evaluating the Use of Smart Card Systems in the Provision of Rural and Small Urban Transit Services

by John Collura, Univ of Massachusetts, Amherst, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


The overall aim of this paper is to provide assistance and direction to persons interested in assessing the use of smart card systems and other advanced public transportation systems (APTS). More specifically, the paper is intended to facilitate technically sound and objective assessments. The paper offers a conceptual framework, an evaluation methodology, and examples of criteria and analytical techniques. While this paper is directed toward meeting needs of transit officials contemplating smart card systems in rural and small urban areas, officials considering other APTS applications might also find this paper of interest.

Subject Headings: Public transportation | Urban areas | Transportation management | Rural areas | Intelligent transportation systems | Information systems | Knowledge-based systems

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