Mobility Management

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Transportation technology has undergone a significant transformation with the rapid proliferation of services, modes, and business models that would have scarcely been considered possible a decade ago. These advancements have made a huge impact on the delivery of transportation services at the agency, regional, state and national level and it will continue to do so even more rapidly in the future. If the idea of integrated mobility solutions and smart cities are to be realized, Intelligent Transportation Systems of the future will play a huge role. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) as a broad area consists of electronics, communications, or information processing systems used singly or in combination to improve mobility, safety, and travel time reliability.

As the transit service providers continue the push for seamless mobility solutions across the region with increased focus on the regional collaboration and interoperability, Transportation systems management and operations (TMSO) strategies help them maximize the efficiency, safety, and utility of existing and planned transportation infrastructure. Regional TSMO Vision coupled with Reginal ITS Architecture provide tools by which regional stakeholders can develop a forward-looking, multimodal, multi-agency roadmap for TSMO that positions their regions to accelerate the impact of transformative technology while managing the risks associated with its deployment.

We are Niti Systems understand that future transportation systems would heavily rely on autonomous vehicles, massive data consolidation/crunching, machine learning algorithms, crowd-sourcing and real-time information exchange with integrated systems. Niti Systems team has global experience in ITS systems assessment, planning, operations, systems engineering, system integration, and program delivery. Our team has worked directly with numerous transit agencies, state and local DOTs, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other transportation management agencies for their end to end ITS deployment needs. We can help you with the regional ITS architecture development, concept exploration, Concept of Options (Coops) development, technical and functional specifications development, system design, testing, system validation and operation and maintenance of the ITS projects.

The Niti Systems team has supported the requirements definition, specification development, evaluation and selection process for projects that include Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL), Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI), Computer Based Train Control (CBTC), Transit Signal Priority (TSP), Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Communications Systems, Passenger Information Systems (PIS), Surveillance and Safety Systems and other for many agencies including Los Angles Metro, New York City Transit, MARTA, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, SEPTA, VIA (San Antonio), South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, BART and others.

Our Intelligent Transportation Systems services include:

  • ITS Architecture
  • TSMO Strategies
  • ITS Planning/Strategies/Framework
  • ITS Implementation
  • ITS Operation and Maintenance
  • Systems Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Systems Integration

Mobility Management Projects

Automated Passenger Counter System (APC) Consulting – Long Beach Transit

Agencies use Automatic Passenger Counter (APC) systems for effective ridership counting and reporting.  An APC system can be a great tool for collecting ridership data for NTD reporting as well as optimizing the service planning and delivery. The Niti Systems team has experience with virtually every single APC technology available in the marketplace including Infrared Sensors, IRMA (InfraRed Motion Analyzer) Matrix, IRMA 3D, Stereoscopic 3D Cameras and others.

An effective Passenger Counting solutions provides good balance between great hardware for information capture and an equally important backend solution for reporting, data management and integration. The Niti Systems team has helped agencies define, assess and implement some of the most innovative ridership reporting solutions.  Our team helped the agencies with data quality assessment, data management activities, integration of reporting data into larger data warehousing systems and others.

 

Real-Time Passenger Information (RTPI)

A Real-Time Passenger Information provides up to date vehicle location and arrival information to the passenger through a wide variety of means including a website, smartphone apps, LED/LCD displays and other.  A sophisticated RTPI solution can process the static data (schedules, runs, etc.) as well as dynamic data (real time location, traffic conditions, weather conditions, etc.) to provide highly accurate information that helps the passengers and the agency alike. This data when integrated with other systems such as APC, AVL, Surveillance Systems and others, can help the agency with a wide variety of needs such as accident analysis, operations planning, accident/incident response, and the resolution of customer complaints.

 

Florida’s Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) – Technology Analysis

The Niti Systems team worked with JTA to perform a feasibility assessment, technology analysis, specifications development and project management of a highly successful RTPI implementation.  This contract was awarded to Nextbus, and the entire project was successfully completed within a 9 month’s timeline.

South Florida Regional Transpiration Authority (SFRTA)

Niti Systems consultants helped SFRTA with the RTPI implementation of their fleet made entirely of the rail vehicles.  The scope included options assessment, feasibility study, specifications development and procurement support.

Atlanta Streetcar, Inc. – Mobile Ticketing Solution

Niti Systems team members worked with Atlanta Streetcar Incorporated, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 2003 to explore the return of the electric streetcar to Peachtree Street, to support various Mobile solutions, including a mobile ticketing solution.  We helped the agency with technology specifications development, vendor selection and implementation of the Mobile Ticketing Fare Payment System.

 

Surveillance Systems Implementation

Surveillance Systems are one of the most commonly used technology systems in public transportation.  Niti Systems has experience with all kinds of surveillance systems for public transit including on-board systems, facilities and garages surveillance systems and public areas.  A robust surveillance system can help an agency in case of Vandalism, Accidents, Claims and counter Fare Evasion.   In our experience, a surveillance system yields better returns when integrated with other enterprise systems such as APC/AFC system for fare evasion and Access Control systems for monitoring the unauthorized use of buildings and systems.

Unlike the older systems which relied on onboard DVR to store the video data for later viewing, the newer surveillance systems leverage technology advancements and allow for real-time monitoring through data streaming.  However, a properly designed and optimized network architecture is an important consideration for this kind of operations. Jignesh Patel had many years of experience working as a software developer for surveillance systems.  Between 2003 and 2005, Jignesh worked with a solution provider out of Jacksonville, FL that deployed large-scaled surveillance systems at Jacksonville International Airport, CSX Transportation and City of Jacksonville.

 

Long Beach Transit (LBT) – Onboard Surveillance Systems

Niti Systems consultants helped LBT conduct an assessment of various options and made recommendations for their onboard surveillance systems along with emerging technologies such as video analytics, integration with bus technologies, and open architecture.  With the rapid advancement of technologies in past few years, surveillance systems are getting increasingly capable of performing complex analytical tasks such as passenger counting, seating assessments and onboardings/debarkings at specific stops.  We successfully delivered the assessment of options available in the market to perform additional tasks such as passenger counting, seat occupancy assessment, etc..  Our team subsequently helped the agency with technical specifications and implementation support.

Milwaukee County Transport Services (MCTS) – Onboard Surveillance Systems

Niti Systems consultants worked with Milwaukee Transit to help agency perform assessment of the current system limitations and options analysis.  The Video and Audio quality of their current system do not meet MCTS needs, and footage can only be retrieved by manually retrieving hard drives from buses later.  The limitations in the current system have motivated MCTS to explore alternatives to select and procure a modern Mobile Video Surveillance System (MVSS) to replace their existing security camera system.  Our team helped the agency with development of technical specifications as well as procurement support and help with the project management as upcoming phases.

Electronic Fare Payment Systems

With over 15 years of Fare Payment and Fare Collection Systems implementation experience with over 15 agencies across North America, the NSC team has the right experience to help agencies of all sizes with their Fare Payment Systems implementation. Our expertise with emerging technologies and its application to the fare collection industry, couple of with our understanding of real-world operating environments allow us to help each of our clients with their unique systems needs in the most efficient manner. We have experts in the area of an account-based, open payment fare collection system implementations including goal and objective development, funding needs and cost analysis, scope and schedule development, vendor negotiations, facilitation of meetings and communications, design review support, system and equipment testing, implementation planning, staffing planning and assessment, fare policy development, equipment needs assessment, technology assessment, and risk assessment.

Our team is intimately familiar with various fare collection technologies and business processes and is actively involved in in industry associations and organizations to help shape the future trends. Our staff experience goes beyond the academic and theoretical, and has been enhanced by an understanding of the unique needs of transit agencies including budgetary, political and regulatory pressures. Whether you are looking for ways to reduce cash, increase efficiencies, improve regional interoperability, capture accurate ridership data, support flexible fare policy or improve customer experience; our experts have proven experience to help you attain your business goals.

We can help you with the following Fare Collection needs:

  • Account Based and Card Based Fare Collection Systems
  • Branding and Marketing Support
  • Closed Loop and Open Loop Fare Collection Systems
  • Communications and Change Management Support
  • Fare Policy Analysis and Development
  • Clearing and Settlement
  • Ridership Analysis
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics
  • Specifications Development
  • Employer Programs
  • Procurement Support
  • Retail and 3rd Party Network Setup
  • Design Review
  • Fare Media Management
  • Project Management

Electronic Fare Payment Projects:

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) – Smartcard Modernization

The NSC team will support an effort to upgrade and modernize MARTA’s existing Smartcard based Automated Fare Collection (AFC) system to a state-of-the-art modern Electronic Fare Payment System. Our team will help MARTA implement the new Fare Collection System with a focus on with addition of new functionality and the replacement of aging equipment with the goal(s) of Increasing cost efficiency, improving reliability, aligning with customers’ modernized payment needs, aligned with market-sensitive customer expectations, providing equitable service and fare policy and expanding integration within the region.

Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)- Data Assessment

Niti Systems Consultants have helped MARTA on many initiatives, including an in-depth assessment of various ITS systems to measure their operations efficiencies, data quality, business processes, staff training and staffing level to help understand the regional ridership trends and factors impacting the ridership. The scope included review of various ITS systems deployed, their effectiveness, the data analytics strategy and the Regional ITS collaboration. The data assessment included amount, type, and quality of data from multiple data sources, such as smart cards, GPS vehicle locations, mobile apps, social networks and others to estimate and predict travel demand, explore behavioral regularities, quantify service reliabilities and evaluate travel demand management program.

Boston MBTA – New Fare Collection System

NSC members are a part of the team that is supporting the implementation of MBTA’s new Fare Collection system.  Our consultants are providing Subject Matter Expertise for back-office system configurations, requirements management, business processes, patron website, employer programs, fare policy, systems integration, payment rules and velocity controls.

Maryland MTA – Fare Payment System Assessment

Niti Systems Consultants worked with the MTA to perform an in-depth assessment of their existing Fare Payment System.  The assessment focused on the hardware/equipment, business processes, software solution, reporting system, fare media and regional integration.  Upon successful delivery of the assessment report, our consultants supported the agency with assessment of various options for system upgrade and provided recommendations for the future system, along with an implementation roadmap and innovative financing strategies.

Palm Tran – Fare Collection Modernization

Niti Systems Consultants helped the Palm Tran agency with assessment of their current system, recommendations for their future system, regional integration support and a roadmap for future implementation. Palm Tran’s aging Fare Collection system was unable to support the regional integration goals of South Florida transportation providers.  Our team reviewed the current system and the region’s integration goals and provided tailored recommendations for a future system, along with an implementation roadmap.

VIA San Antonio – Automated Fare Collection

Niti Systems team members provided VIA with Project/Program Management services for Automated Fare Collection (AFC) System implementation projects. Our AFC subject matter experts supported the agency with vendor proposal analysis, contract negotiation, business process analysis and project management services to VIA for fare payment system implementation.

Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) – Breeze Farecard Audit

The Niti Systems team team helped the Atlanta Regional Commission with a Breeze farecard system Clearinghouse Audit and introduced Internal Controls.  The Breeze Clearinghouse is a revenue settlement system used to determine and settle revenue transactions to and due from the various Atlanta Regional Transit Partners.

SEPTA – New Payments Technologies

SEPTA was one of the first major agencies to implement an Account Based and Open Payments based Fare Payment system in the country.  Our consultants provided systems engineering and technology advisory services to SEPTA for their New Payments Technologies project.  As part of this assessment, we provided a future roadmap including a Technology Plan and a Staffing Plan.  Our consultants also performed an in-depth technology assessment for the existing enterprise systems at SEPTA to provide tailored integration and data migration and integration blueprint with the future Fare Payment system.

LA Metro – TAP Farecard Assessment

Our consultants performed an assessment and technical specifications of the Regional TAP Support Center (RTSC) components for their TAP program including areas such as Call Center Operations, Reduced Fare Program, Employer Program, Third Party Vendor Network, Regional Operations, Clearing & Settlement, System Administration and Reporting Systems.

Atlanta Streetcar, Inc.- Mobile Solutions

Niti Systems team members worked with the non-profit Atlanta Streetcar Inc. organization to explore the return of the electric streetcar to Peachtree Street and support various Mobile Solutions, including a mobile ticketing solution.  Niti Systems helped the agency with technology specifications development, vendor selection and implementation of the Mobile Ticketing Fare Payment System.

Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) – Smartcard Implementation

Niti Systems Consultants guided JTA through the successful roll-out of their smartcard-based fare collection and Mobile Ticketing implementation (STAR Card). The Niti team helped JTA streamline an existing fare collection system and contract close-out for a smartcard-based Fare Collection system.  Our team members also helped the agency with technical specifications development, procurement support, proposal evaluation, pilot project implementation and project management support for their mobile ticketing system.

Minneapolis Metro Transit – Fare Collection System Assessment

Our consultants successfully helped Metro Transit with an assessment of their current state Fare Collection System, providing an alternatives assessment and recommendation for a future system.  The assessment focused on the hardware/equipment, asset management strategies, business processes, software solutions, reporting system and fare media alternatives.

Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) – Smartcard System Development

Niti Systems Consultants helped MARTA with a successful implementation of the first 100% smartcard-based fare collection system in the US.  Our consultants supported the agency with Technology Architecture, Systems Integration, PCI Compliance, Back-Office System Configuration, Business Process Definition, Website Development and Vendor Management System.

Transit Planning

As more and more cities turn their attention to efficient mobility solutions for their smart city ambitions, they are increasingly focusing on innovative approached and plans to optimize their routes, solve first and last mile connectivity issues, serve their diverse demographic audience efficiently, increase attractiveness of transit alternatives, foster regional collaboration and increase safety/security and improve customer experience. The agency isincreasingly focusing on emerging technologies for regional and multi-modal coordination for their short range (SRTP) and long-range transit plans (LRTP).Several efforts are underway to develop a plan focused on transportation systems management and operations (TSMO). The TSMO plans work in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) or provide input to the overall plan in terms of operations goals, objectives, performance measures, strategies, and projects or programs. Transportation Performance Management (TPM) is a strategic approach that uses system information to make information to make investment and policy decisions to achieve the performance goals. The TPM focuses on six interrelated elements to include National Goals, Targets, Measures, Reports, Plans, Accountability and Transparency.

The Niti Systems team has helped many agencies with their transit planning and performance improvement exercises. We have worked with Public Transportation providers, DOTs, MPOs, State and Local Governments to support them with Research and design planning services for some of the most innovative transit systems today and detailed transit masterplans for Multi-Modal, Mobility as a Service, First mile and last mile connectivity, Regional interoperability, ITS architecture, etc.

Here is a list of our Transportation Planning Services:

  • Long-Range/Short-Range Transportation Plans (LRTP/SRTP)
  • Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA)
  • Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
  • Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP)
  • Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP)
  • Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)
  • Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP)
  • Congestion Management Process (CMP)
  • Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Strategies
  • Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ)
  • Freight State Plan
  • Transit National Public Transportation Safety Plan
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan
  • LRT, BRT, Streetcars and Commuter Rail Feasibility Studies
  • Corridor Studies, Alternatives Analysis
  • Fixed Route and Demand-Responsive Service Analysis
  • Station Area Plans, Bus/Rail Stop Amenities, Multi-Modal Mobility Hubs
  • Grant writing and grants management

Transit Planning Projects

Niti Systems has focused primarily on public transportation agency needs, including transit and transportation planning, systems assessments and project implementation needs.  Our team has developed unique frameworks specially focused on transit and the transportation field based on a systems engineering and enterprise architecture approach.

Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) – Georgia Commute Options Evaluation

The goal of this project is to produce a plan for integration of the various software systems used by the Georgia Commute Options program. These software systems include a customer relationship management (CRM) database, a ride matching/ commuter database (Agile Mile) to track commuter behavior, offer ride matching options, and provide incentives for alternative commuting, and an email communication platform (MailChimp) used for various marketing and communication purposes. The software integration plan will provide a roadmap for maximizing the potential for systems integration. Niti Systems consultants will illustrate how these programmatic links can be mirrored in the software systems used to operate and manage the program creating a Software Integration Roadmap with Blueprint and Design.

Atlanta Regional Commission – PlanIt Database Evaluation Project

As a sub to AECOM, the Niti Systems team developed an updated and efficient project database system for use by internal ARC staff for project programming maintenance, generating project list reports, and regional federal fund balancing exercises. Planit is a web- based application that allows users to view information of Transportation Improvement Program and Regional Transportation Plan in Atlanta Metro area. Integration of a spatial representation of a project included in the upgraded system to assist with visualizing the project location. Began with an initial briefing with current ARC staff and select external partners and jurisdictions to gain an understanding of the user interface experience of the current system. Then performed a technical review of the coding and functionality of the current Plan-It user interface to illuminate how well the existing system supports user requirements.

Gwinnett County – Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) Update

Niti Systems Consultants was contracted as a sub to Pond Associates to provide the technology component to the Gwinnett County Transportation Plan Update. The CTP Update will identify future transportation needs, projects that address those needs, and the advantages, costs, and potential funding sources for those projects. Technology components of the CTP will include developing cost estimates for near-term, mid-range, and long-range future technology projects in the areas of: Intelligent Transportation Systems / Technology, Asset Management / Resiliency / Emergency Preparedness Planning, and System Performance Monitoring and Reporting Program, out to the year 2046.

Jacksonville Transit Authority (JTA) – Route Optimization Initiative

Niti System consultants helped the Jacksonville Transportation Authority for a complete system redesign called Route Optimization Initiative (ROI). As part of the JTA IT Department,  Niti Systems consultants worked closely with the Planning and Operations departments to design, engineer and build a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) initiative. This ROI project has greatly helped expand JTA customers’ transportation options and a a timelier transit experience.

Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority – Short and Long-Range Transit Plans

Niti System consultants helped BJTA with the development of a Short Range and Long-Range Transit Plan (LRTP) for the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA).  This plan, also referred to as a Unified Transit Development Plan and Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) allowed the agency to identify opportunities for enhanced/modified service, identify technology trends, identify funding sources, document service gaps and create a database of that GIS information.

ITS Architecture

National ITS Architecture was developed by USDOT in response to the growing needs to standardized approach and common framework for implementation of ITS projects. The National ITS architecture can be used as a blueprint for the development of regional ITS architecture development. Each agency in the region would need to follow this architecture for common interoperability goals of the regional while specifically tailoring the architecture components (views) to meet their specific needs. The latest version – Architecture Reference for Cooperative and Intelligent Transportation (ARC-IT) is a major upgrade to the National ITS Architecture that covers all of the scope and content from both Connected Vehicle Reference ITS Architecture (CVRIA) Version 2.2 and the National ITS Architecture Version 7.1.The architecture is comprised of 4 views:

  • Enterprise View – Describes the relationships between organizations and the roles those organizations play within the connected vehicle environment
  • Functional View – Describes abstract functional elements (processes) and their logical interactions (data flows) that satisfy the system requirements
  • Physical View – Describes physical objects (systems and devices) and their functional objects as well as the high-level interfaces between those physical objects
  • Communications View – Describes the layered sets of communications protocols that are required to support communications among the physical objects that participate in the connected vehicle environment

Service Packages, which are the part of the Physic View, address specific services or project need. In most instances a Service Packages can directly translate to an ITS project – such as Transit Signal Priority. The Service Packages from ARC-IT can be tailored for each region/agency’s specific needs.

The Niti Systems team in-depth experience with ITS systems deployment using the National and Regional ITS Architectures. We have also helped regions with development of their Regional ITS Architectures. Our consultants worked with the National Transit Institute (NTI) to develop and deliver multiple training courses including one for Regional ITS Architecture. This two-day course covers a wide range of topics including an overview of various transit systems, Regional and National ITS architectures, ITS Standards, Integration Approach and strategies for implementing these systems.

Our ITS Architecture Services Include:

  • Develop ITS Strategic Plans
  • Create Regional Baseline Inventory
  • Regional ITS Architecture Update
  • Identification of Pilot Concepts
  • ITS/TSMO Deployment Guide
  • Technological Assessment Strategic Deployment Plan
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Strategy
  • Data Governance Best Practices
  • Develop ITS Standards
  • Develop and apply the Systems Engineering Process to ITS Projects

ITS Architecture/Business Intelligence/Analytics Projects

Niti Systems has strong Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Warehousing (DW) experience with numerous transit operators, cities and regional governments.  We have helped implement some of the most innovative data integration projects across North America.  The Niti Systems team can help your agency with Big Data, data governance policies and data management policies.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) – Data Science and Software Development Support

The Niti Systems team is supporting WMATA with Data Science and Software Development support for WMATA’s data management strategy.  Niti Systems members are part of the team that is supporting the WMATA Capital and Systems Intelligence (CSI) team within the Office of Planning (PLAN) with a data management solution that will transform data feed from numerous capital systems into actionable insights and business outcomes.  The data stream includes data from systems such as Automate Passenger Counter (APC), Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL), Fare Payment Systems, Enterprise Asset Management Systems, Transit Scheduling schedules, Vehicle Occupancy Data, and Sensor Data.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) – Ridership Data Warehouse Study

Niti Systems is part of a team that is supporting SEPTA in the design and implementation of a ridership warehouse study. As part of this effort our team developed a detailed workflow process for the data science and visualization program to convert ridership data into data intelligence dashboards and reports. The data processing is being carried out using Python, the visualization is implemented in Tableau, and the system will ultimately be transferred over into an automated ETL system.

Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) – BRT Autonomous Vehicle Data Warehouse

The Niti Systems team is supporting JTA with the design for a Data Lake/Data Warehousing solution for their BRT Autonomous vehicle implementation – the Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C).  Our consultants helped the project team with technical requirements, design, and a blueprint for an integrated and scalable Data Lake solution.  The Data Lake solution will be optimized for quick ingestion of raw data for exploration, analytics, and operations from a wide variety of internal and external systems.  The Data Lake will form a data repository that can handle a vast variety and volume of Structured Data (Relational Databases of the core U2C System and other JTA Enterprise Systems), Semi-Structured data (CSV, Server Logs, XML, JSON), Unstructured Data (Emails, Documents, PDFs, Social Media feed), Binary Data (images, audio, video), etc.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) -Big Data Analytics

The Niti Systems team is supporting DART with an integrated Big Data Analytics implementation.  DART operates 156 fixed route services with 539 buses and 57 rails during the weekday peak hours. Our team is helping DART with the development of a web-based SaaS data platform, which will integrate data from multiple disparate systems for one Commuter Rail service, four Light Rail transit routes, one Streetcar route, 151 Bus routes and specific shuttle services. We are developing a monitoring solution that will continuously monitor, troubleshoot and resolve system availability issues to provide over 99% uptime.

Vancouver Translink – Business Intelligence Strategy

Niti Systems consultants helped Translink in Vancouver to complete an integrated Business Intelligence Strategy for various large-scale technology systems deployed throughout Translink and other city agencies.  This strategy addressed the current and future transportation needs of the region, including strategic goals and objectives around the TransLink’s additional service offerings, increased performance levels and other criteria.

Mobility-as-a service

Per one estimate around 30% of the Americans are willing to give up the car ownership now in favor of convenient mobility options. The challenge is, there are not many that can substitute the flexibility of the car ownership, unless you live in large metro areas. Mobility as a Service (MaaS), an emerging trend that integrates multiple modes of transportation into one platform and provides the users with a single, unified mechanism for planning, booking and fare payment for their service would provide riders with a convenient and cost-effective solution. In a Netflix meets Amazon Prime model, the riders will be able to select a plan that fits their life-style and with priority access to Public Transit, Bikeshare, Carshare, Carpooling, Taxis, Transport on Demand, Smart Parking, Tolling Lanes, Taxi Services, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and more. An integrated mobility solution would be based on a “Network the system” approach with the customer at its center.

A successful MaaS service brings new opportunity for Public Transit Operators and State/Local Governments. Following a “Hub and Spoke” based System Integration approach, the agencies can build the MaaS solution around their core services and integrate additional components as needed. In this approach the “Hub” solution can be custom developed around the core transit systems or implemented based on a white-label solution. The integration between various systems will be based on the standards, where they exist or defined by the Joint Interface Agreements (JIA) defined by the agency.

Niti Systems can help you with your MaaS vision. Our solid experience with technology systems integration allows us to help you conceptualize, explore, design and implement these solutions. Our experience with ITS Architecture and our efforts to help develop integration standards for data exchange would be a key differentiator for agencies looking to implement or participate in MaaS deployments. We can help the agencies develop a common platform that the customers can use for purchase tickets/benefits, trip planning, account maintenance and other functionality. Our Big Data Analytics experience will allow the agencies to process and analyze the large volume of data generated by multiple applications in real-time to get insight into rider preference/patterns, congestion, movement, trips, traffic and all aspects that impact the regional flow.

Services:

  • Concept of Operations
  • Solution Design and Requirements
  • Systems Integration
  • Interface Definitions
  • Systems Architecture
  • Third Party Aggregator Services Setup
  • Clearing and Settlement of Funds
  • Business Intelligence/Data Analytics

Emerging Mobility Projects

Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) – Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C)

In one-of-a-kind Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) pilot for the JTA Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Niti Systems Consultants helped the agency with development of a technology roadmap, architecture definition, systems engineering support and planning for their Ultimate Urban Connecter (U2C) program.  Our consultants provided technical expertise for their regional ITS architecture and enterprise system integration.

Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) – I70 Truck Automation Corridor

Niti Systems is part of the Project Management Team selected for the Interstate 70 (I-70) Truck Automation Corridor project which will be achieved by DriveOhio program of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). Niti Systems provides the Systems Engineering, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Data Management and Technology Support to implement Truck Automation technologies such as Truck Platooning, Level 2 Automation and Level 4 Automation along the I-70 corridor between Columbus, Dayton and Indianapolis.

Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) – Georgia Commute Options Program

The Niti Systems team is supporting ARC with their Georgia Commute Option (GCO) program evaluation effort.  This Transportation Demand Management (TDM) effort for the Atlanta metropolitan area consists of software evaluation, integration planning, CRM System/Ridematching software market research and project management support.  The ARC TDM program consists of marketing, employer/property manager outreach, commuter outreach, and a suite of commuter incentives, which operates as the regional TDM brand, and seven local Transportation Management Associations (TMA) operating within specific employment centers.

National Transit Institute (NTI) – Regional ITS Architecture Training

Niti Systems’ mobility experts worked with National Transit Institute (NTI) to develop and deliver a training course for the regional ITS architecture.  The version of the architecture combines pieces from the Connected Vehicles Reference Implementation Architecture (CVRIA).  Our team developed various use cases (Services Packages) for emerging mobility solutions and the content for a 2-day training course.

Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) – Regional ITS Architecture

Helping the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) develop a Regional ITS Architecture, our consultants supported the effort with an emerging technology assessment, regional ITS deployment review, and identification for the pilot projects based on the emerging mobility concepts such as multi-modal transportation integration and Mobility-as-a-Service.

Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) – Mobility-As-A-Service Development

The Niti Systems team worked on a Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Concept Development for the Greater Dayton RTA.  We performed a service review of Dayton RTA’s paratransit and shared use mobility modes and provided recommendations on a future mobility-as-service platform for the Greater Dayton region supported by an integrated payments system.

Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) – PlanIt Project Management Upgrade

The Niti Systems team helped ARC with an assessment review and development plan to upgrade PlanIt – ARC’s current project management database. Our team is supporting ARC with the development of an updated and efficient project database system for use by internal ARC staff for project programming maintenance, generating project list reports, and regional federal fund balancing exercises.

 

Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) – Multi-Modal Transit Technologies

Niti Systems Consultants are working on a project to explore options to increase ridership across all modes and attract riders of choice., Our team performed an in-depth assessment of transit technology systems integration, in-line with a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) concept for the region.

Multi-Modal Transportation

As cities continue to reorient their transportation priorities toward people from cars, the focus shifts away from road/highway infrastructure to all modes of transportation. With the goal of improved regional and long-distance connectivity between modes including Public Transit, Commuter Trains, Bus Rapid Transit, Streetcar, Ferry Services, Intercity Bus Service (Greyhound) and other, the Multi-Modal Transportation systems are the key to improving the mobility for the passengers. An advanced Multi-Modal Transportation solution would integrate additional services such as Parking, Tolling, Carpooling and other public infrastructure.

Niti Systems can help the agencies implement an ideal multi-modal transportation solution that fits your vision and your regional infrastructure. We can help with careful analysis, concept exploration and project management. Our consultants can leverage our expertise with transit and city planning,coupled with deep understanding of technology systems and integrations to create custom solutions for unique needs.

Zero Emission Strategies

As the market for Electric Vehicles (EVs) continue to grow, Public Transit agencies across the world are realizing the benefits of zero emission vehicles.  The adoption of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV); along with Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles is slowly becoming reality in North America.  The NSC team is at the forefront of this trend and supporting agencies with assessment, strategies, roadmap and implementation of zero emission strategies for their fleet.

As governments and policymakers continue to shape the future mobility solutions, reducing the carbon footprint for public transit remains a top priority. This presents a drastic change from the prevalent vehicle procurement policies for over 75 years.  Procuring the new breed of zero emission vehicles require careful assessment and planning for vehicles as well as the charging infrastructure hardware and software solutions that can continuously monitor the vehicle data to maximize the efficiencies.

The NSC team has helped multiple transit agencies with their zero emission strategies and can support our clients with:

  • Zero Emission Policy Development
  • Needs Assessment
  • Feasibility Study/Assessment
  • Competitive Market Assessment
  • Zero Emission Vehicles Lifecycle Cost
  • Technical Specification for the Vehicles
  • Charging Infrastructure Design and Policy
  • Route Simulation and Optimization
  • Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Electric Bus Pilot Monitoring and Development