The Perry County Transportation Authority (PCTA) converted to the Ecolane DRT system on August 8, 2013. Prior to our conversion to the Ecolane DRT, the PCTA was scheduling trips manually, providing our drivers with paper manifests, using two-way radios to communicate with our fleet and calculating and reporting data by hand. Additionally, the PCTA administrative staff were unable to perform compliance checks on our service.
Since our conversion to the Ecolane DRT, our transit agency is operating much more efficiently. The system is very user friendly for all transit staff - from drivers, to dispatchers, schedulers, reservation staff, fleet manager and administrators. All data is collected on driver tablets and provides the dispatch staff with real time positioning of the fleet. Since all data is readily available and easy to view, the PCTA has incorporated monthly compliance checks on all trips performed by our transit agency.
We are reversing negative cash flow trends by using the Ecolane DRT. We are no longer printing paper manifests for our drivers and having administrative staff manually inputting the data for reporting purposes. We have been able to combine positions and reassign various job duties within our transit agency. We have saved time by utilizing the tablets to send messages directly to our fleet in real time and to be able to reassign trips to other vehicles in the event that the driver is running behind schedule.
The PCTA is performing a higher number of passenger trips monthly at a lower cost. Our monthly fuel prices have been cut by 40% on average. Additionally, administrative staff are able to utilize their time performing compliance checks and maintaining the daily operations.