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Operational Changes Transportation Directors Should Consider

June 23rd, 2017|On-Demand Transportation, Public Transit, Technology|

Let’s consider a laudable goal, public transit systems offering integrated mobility that is accessible enough to make people want to ride buses again, and flexible enough to get people to ditch their habits of using single occupancy vehicles.  This can be done in the "short term" of less than five years, at a large scale, across a metropolitan area. All [...]

Algorithms for Transportation

April 14th, 2017|Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, Pantonium, Technology|

When people talk about algorithms the conversation tends to slant in the direction of SkyNet blowing up the world or high frequency trading bots crashing financial markets, these are not always the most practical applications for algorithms which can be anything from baking recipes to a multi-billion dollar search engines. However knowing what they are is only the first step, we [...]

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Software for Mobility as a Service

February 6th, 2017|On-Demand Transportation, Public Transit, Technology|

What in the world are SaaS, LaaS, AaaS or MaaS? These days every letter in the alphabet seems to be offered “as a service”. This is not just the output of marketing departments around the world, it is a change in how people and organisations buy and consume things. These acronyms are the result of the rise in the subscription model [...]

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Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Trends in 2017

January 5th, 2017|News, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation|

Non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) did not escape the craziness that was 2016; the industry last year saw stories of maligned brokerages, fraudulent companies, regulatory conflicts and technological disruption. All of which impact providers of transportation as they look forward into the new year, lets look back on these events and trends to prepare for what will certainly be an interesting 2017. [...]

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Pantonium Ridesharing Software

November 21st, 2016|On-Demand Transportation, Technology|

These days it can be said without a trace of irony that single occupancy vehicles (SOVs) are one of the seminal catastrophes of the 20th century. Although the number of people driving alone is trending down in North America, more than 50% of vehicles on the road still are only transporting one person. The environmental, economic and social impacts of [...]

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Investing in Software Infrastructure: Public Transit and Medical Transportation

October 13th, 2016|Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, On-Demand Transportation, Public Transit, Technology|

When we think of big infrastructure projects we tend to imagine people in hardhats lining up with shovels, standing in front of a pile of dirt for a photo-op, or a similarly contrived scene at a ribbon cutting ceremony. Politicians like construction of physical things that they can drape with bunting and point to, years later, as evidence of their ability [...]

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Make Paratransit Great Again: Conventional Transit Integration

August 18th, 2016|On-Demand Transportation, Public Transit, Technology|

Like many institutions these days, it has been a challenging time for paratransit. Higher ridership and lower operating budgets have reached the point where experts are saying that the status quo is now unsustainable. The ongoing problem with the service is its regulatory necessity combined with inescapable cost. Providing demand response transportation in specialized vehicles, moving small numbers of people, will be more [...]

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How to Never Walk to the Bus Again: Flexible Transit for North America

June 24th, 2016|On-Demand Transportation, Public Transit|

“In America a pedestrian is someone who just parked their car” When comparing North American populations to Europe we see a stark difference, North Americans do not want to walk. This has been a fact since mass adoption of the car, which drove our infrastructure and culture away from walking. And unless we see $20-a-gallon gas prices there is probably [...]

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What Type of NEMT Company Are You?

June 17th, 2016|Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, Technology|

There are thousands of non-emergency medical transport (NEMT) companies operating in North America. But when you work with enough of them you start to see patterns about their business models and strategies. Most of the times you can tell just by looking at their website and with a bit of abstraction you can separate them all into four different categories. These [...]

Get Ready for Shared Autonomous Vehicles

May 27th, 2016|On-Demand Transportation, Self driving cars, Technology|

In the past few years civil engineering researchers in Texas and Sweden have been developing and modeling a whole new people transportation system, this system is based on shared autonomous vehicles (SAVs). This is a culmination of two of the strongest trends we have been witnessing this past decade: the sharing economy and autonomous vehicles (AVs). Soon we could replace 10-50% [...]

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