Industry Survey Illustrates Frustrations Transit Agencies Have with Providers of Transit Prioritization Technology
Officials frustrated by providers’ lack of cross-sharing of data to improve transit network performance
Washington DC – TRB 2022 Annual Conference – January 10, 2022 – LYT, a leader in intelligent connected traffic technology solutions, announced today results of a recent industry study to better understand how local municipal officials and transit network decision makers are leveraging transit prioritization technology and the opportunity for sharing critical data for systems improvements.
LYT collected feedback from an online survey it commissioned in early December 2021 where it presented questions to more than 3,000 industry officials about transit system networks and prioritization technologies currently being utilized. According to the survey results, of those communities leveraging transit prioritization technologies the majority of respondents said they’re seeing growing improvements in on-time performance of their transit network.
Many communities who have yet to implement transit prioritization technologies said they are considering, but 27% are looking for the right technology provider; 26% want to make sure it is budgeted correctly; and 15% are seeking private partners to help finance.
“Finding the right partner who can implement the right transit prioritization system is paramount to the success of every community’s transportation network,” said Timothy Menard, CEO and Founder of LYT. “The identification of a partner who has a successful track record for technology implementation and success using sharing of data is even more important than finding budget in many cases.”
Those communities that are currently running transit prioritization technologies indicated they are experiencing a handful of frustrations. Seventy-one percent (71%) of respondents said their current electronic data provider does not allow for the integration of transit vehicle data with other systems. It is possible that this is taking place because 60% say their current Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) or other electronic data provider rely on hardware that is proprietary to their company and not available from other manufacturers.
This is problematic, especially since 90% of respondents and community officials believe they own their transit vehicle data, not the provider. Furthermore, 89% say they are frustrated that their current provider does not allow for the cross-sharing of data.
Read more about the industry survey here.
LYT is exhibiting this week at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 101st Annual Meeting, booth #524.
LYT CEO Timothy Menard will be speaking on the panel Transit Signal Priority Innovation, Research, and Performance Measurement on Monday, January 10, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm ET at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Salon C.
LYT is an intelligent connected traffic technology provider that offers a cloud-based platform that orchestrates today’s Intelligent Transportation Systems. LYT’s AI-powered machine learning data enables a suite of transit signal priority solutions that utilize pre-existing transit tracking sensors and city communication networks to dynamically adjust the phase and timing of traffic signals to provide sufficient green clearance time while minimally impacting cross traffic. LYT is headquartered in Silicon Valley and serves municipalities across the US. Learn more at LYT.ai.