Louisiana's Shreveport Area Transit System (SporTran) Selects RouteMatch Software to Help Expand Ridership Services
SHREVEPORT, LA and ATLANTA, GA, Dec 19, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
The Shreveport Area Transit System (SporTran), serving the cities of
Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana, is implementing RouteMatch's
end to end intelligent transportation technology platform as the
foundation for their paratransit services operations. The transit
agency plans to use RouteMatch's technology to achieve operational
efficiencies, save costs, and to support future health and human
service transportation infrastructure for regional coordination.
"We liked that RouteMatch has comprehensive technologies that can be
used in different ways. We spoke with numerous transit agencies and
chose RouteMatch due to the company's reputation. Because of the
flexibility of RouteMatch to build upon our system, we are now able
to try things we haven't done before," says Valerie McElhose, General
Manager, SporTran. "Our community trusts us and depends on us. We are
confident that we now have an efficient, cost-effective tool in place
that allows us to enhance the services we offer our riders and
further build a robust transit system for our community."
Closing service gaps and encouraging more riders to use SporTran's
services are key strategic goals for the agency. Serving a population
of over 200,000, the agency operates 20 paratransit vehicles, as well
as 49 fixed route buses covering 16 routes a day.
SporTran is implementing RouteMatch's integrated mobile data devices
for automated vehicle location and communications, and software for
scheduling and dispatching, route optimization, billing and
reporting. In addition, the agency will be utilizing RouteMatch's
automated passenger notification tools to keep riders informed of
their pre-scheduled rides and conveniently facilitate cancellations
and alerts such as schedule changes or weather or emergency
conditions through phone, text or email.
These technologies can be extended as the agency grows. As a
recipient of a recent Veteran's Transportation Community Living
Initiative (VTCLI) grant, SporTran plans to establish a one-click,
one call center, and maintain automated vehicle location and trip
tracking information on all vehicles.
"SporTran is an agency with a strategic approach to transportation
services and management and a staunch commitment to improving rider
experience," said Tim Quinn, Executive Vice President of RouteMatch
Software. "We are proud to partner with them and look forward to
helping them continue to build out their services. They are a fine
example of using technology in a smart, efficient way."
SporTran services the cities of Shreveport and Bossier City,
Louisiana. SporTran has a reputation for safe, reliable service. Mass
transit service to the area has been in continuous service for 125
years, with work stoppage occurring only once during a two-week
strike in 1957.
Today, SporTran sports a fleet of over 50 modern buses equipped to
handle all passengers, including those with disabilities. Our newest
buses are equipped with the latest emission reduction systems and
include dual-fuel (Hybrid) buses. In 2010, SporTran placed in service
the first buses powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). SporTran
plans to replace all buses with CNG vehicles.
About RouteMatch Software
RouteMatch is the leading provider of end-to-end transit ITS software
and innovative passenger and vehicle technology solutions. The
company is headquartered in Atlanta, GA and works with more than 500
transit agencies across the U.S. and internationally, providing
quality software and customer service. Partnering with public and
private sector passenger transportation providers, the company's
products address routing, scheduling, dispatching, billing,
reporting, fixed route, CAD/AVL, paratransit and fixed route
integration, traveler information services, fleet management,
mobility management, and more. Additional information about
RouteMatch's ITS technologies are available at www.routematch.com or
by calling RouteMatch toll-free at (US) 1-888-840-8791.
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