GIS for Transportation: Principles, Data and Applications

8.5 Next Week's Webinar



Our speaker will be Mr. Rodney Bunner. Rodney is a Geospatial Technology Specialist who, over the past twenty years, has worked as a consultant to local, regional, state, and federal agencies in developing spatially-enabled and GIS-T applications. He has contributed to the development of a variety of software products and tools within different government sectors including:

  • Public Transportation agency support for planning and operations;
  • Metropolitan/Regional Planning Organization support for multi-modal transportation planning including travel demand modeling and market assessments;
  • State Department of Transportation highway asset management and linear referencing including interactive straight-line diagramming;
  • Department of Defense (DOD) facility operations and asset management.

As a public-sector consultant, Rodney’s professional objective has been to develop software applications which streamline the technically challenging and time-consuming data integration, data development, and analytical processes required to fulfill specific government business needs and workflows. To this end, over the past thirteen years, he has been the lead developer for the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) TBEST Transit Planning software. TBEST provides public transportation agencies with business-specific data, analytics, and reporting tools to address everyday service and strategic planning tasks. Rodney supports numerous agencies throughout the U.S. in implementing and utilizing TBEST.

Rodney is currently the President of ServiceEdge Solutions, a technology company primarily focused on the development of geospatial applications for Transportation. He is a 1991 graduate of West Virginia University with a B.A. in Geography and a 1996 graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania with a M.S. in Environmental Studies. He currently resides in the Tampa, Florida area with his wife and two children.

Title VI Considerations for Public Transportation Providers

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is intended to ensure people are not discriminated against on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs which utilize federal funding. Title VI, and the regulations which FTA has put in place to implement it, place specific requirements on transit providers, especially those who provide fixed route services.

Transit Boardings Estimation and Simulation Tool (TBEST)

TBEST is a tool developed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to help organizations analyze existing fixed route transit service and potential service changes which are being considered. CUTR has played a big role in the development of the software and also in providing support to agencies who want to use it. A CUTR webinar (57:16) on TBEST can be found here. I provide this link for your reference but watching it is optional. The main speaker in the webinar is Rodney Bunner, next week’s speaker. Consequently, Rodney will likely cover much of the same material in our webinar with him next week. This tool is a very powerful tool and you are able to download and install it for free if you would like. However, you do not need to install it to complete the course requirements.

Assignment 8-6 (10 points)

For this assignment, complete the following activities:

  1. Spend some time exploring the TBEST website.
  2. TBEST provides a number of tutorial videos. Links to the videos can be found in the help menu for the TBEST desktop software. The videos are also accessible from the TBEST website. Watch the following videos:
    a. The introductory tutorials up through and including the tutorial titled “Managing Socio-Economic Data” (20:38)
    b. The tutorial titled “TBEST Title VI Service Equity Analysis” (15:42)
  3. Read Chapter IV in FTA’s circular on Title VI

Once you have completed the above activities, respond to the following items and submit them in the form of an M.S. Word document to Assignment 8-6 in Canvas.

  1. What types of things would a transit provider use TBEST for, and what types of data/inputs does TBEST require? (2 points)
  2. At a minimum, FTA requires fixed route providers to develop quantitative service standards for vehicle loading, vehicle headway, on-time performance, and service availability. Briefly define each of these terms in your own words. (2 points)
  3. FTA also requires fixed route providers to develop service policies pertaining to transit amenities and vehicle distribution. Briefly describe these policy requirements. (2 points)
  4. What’s the difference between service standards and service policies? (1 point)
  5. What is the definition of a minority route? (1 point)
  6. Include 2 - 4 questions for our speaker Rodney Bunner. (2 points)