Foursquare ITP has developed several tools that make the tracking of transit amenities and capital assets easier for our clients. From working with asset management systems such as TERM-Lite to creating custom tools for agencies to track bus stop locations and amenities, we develop applications to make the mundane tasks of asset management and inventory streamlined and ready for decision makers.

Bus Stop Inventory Tool

This uses a database structure integrated with ArcGIS geographic mapping. It is used to track bus stop inventories, assets, and amenities during transition periods or for large scale data collection efforts. We have integrated our Bus Stop Inventory Tool with the GTFS Creator, creating a seamless way to ensure transit agency’s assets are tracked and updated throughout major service changes or during large scale inventory update efforts.

Example Application: During the BaltimoreLink implementation phase, Foursquare ITP’s Bus Stop Inventory Tool helped track ever-changing attribute data for the MTA bus stop inventory, a system with more than 6,000 bus stops. Concurrent efforts included bus stop optimization and consolidation as well as a subsequent signage overhaul. The tool integrated updates from field surveys across multiple teams of contractors working on the project and included various forms, reports, and outputs to streamline complex data processes and ensure that new signage and amenities were correctly deployed in the field.

Fleet Assessor

This tool inventories both revenue and non-revenue fleets and assesses useful life to create a retirement, replacement, overhaul, and rebuild schedule across the fleet.

Example Application: Hampton Roads Transit used this tool to evaluate their fleet and incorporate the identified needs into their Capital Improvement Plan, ensuring that appropriate funds were programmed to get the fleet into a state of good repair within three years for the first time in more than 15 years.

Bus Bay Utilization Calculator

 

This tool pulls service level data from GTFS or manual inputs, along with layover requirements to calculates bus bay utilization and need at transit hubs during peak hours. It is also used to calculate the number of bus bays or bus stops needed at new transit hubs.

Example Application: Foursquare ITP used this tool to evaluate the Mark Center Transit Center in Alexandria, Virginia and calculate the number of future bus bays needed to accommodate planned BRT services. This ensured that the transit center will be designed and funded to accommodate the anticipated service.