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SURTC has conducted two rounds of onboard surveys using mobile electronic devices. Droid smartphones and a Samsung Galaxy tablet were used to conduct the surveys. The first round of surveys occurred last winter on routes heavily used by North Dakota State University students. The second round of surveys were conducted on a number of different routes throughout the metro area last spring. These surveys were conducted in conjunction with a rider survey developed by the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments for its transit development plan. Preliminary results from these surveys, including a discussion of experiences with these devices, can be found in the following PDF documents:
SURTC conducted a webcast Sept. 21 during a public input meeting hosted by the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (MetroCOG). The intent of the meeting was to inform the public and solicit comments regarding the Transit Development Plan. SURTC is investigating the use of tools such as webcasts for increasing public participation in transit planning. In this webcast, SURTC researcher Jeremy Mattson interviewed the consultant regarding the transit plan and recommendations they have developed for improving MATBUS service in Fargo-Moorhead. A recording of the webcast is available at the following link:
As part of the Transit, Technology, & Public Participation Project, SURTC will test the use of webcasting technology for increasing public participation in transit planning. The Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (FM MetroCOG) will be hosting a public input meeting all day (8 am to 8 pm) on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the Ground Transportation Center in Fargo, ND. The purpose of the meeting is to seek public input regarding the 5-year transit development plan for Fargo-Moorhead. The webcast is intended as a tool for individuals who otherwise would not have attended the meeting in person the opportunity to learn about the transit plans being considered and provide input. SURTC is studying the use of tools such as webcasts for increasing public participation in the planning process.
The webcast will take place Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 3:00 pm (Central Time). It will be approximately 30 minutes long and can be viewed at the following link:
Following its completion, a recording of the webcast will be posted that can be viewed at any time.
The Transit, Technology, and Public Participation Project will use the Open Data Kit (ODK) suite of tools to collect transit rider information in the field.
Using ODK Collect, one application in the ODK suite, surveyors will be able to collect location, video, and audio information in addition to traditional text-based data. ODK runs on the Android platform an operating system for smartphones, slate computers, and other mobile devices.
The Transit, Technology, and Public Participation project will survey Metro Area Transit riders at bus stops and on vehicles to collect travel behavior and transit service information. Location-capture will be used to geotag completed surveys while audio-capture will allow survey participants to provide detailed, open-ended responses to survey questions.
The Open Data Kit is a collection of open-source and standards-based tools designed to help organizations collect, aggregate and visualize their data.
The Transit, Technology, & Public Participation Project is now on Facebook and Twitter. Follow the links below to visit the sites and follow the developments of the project as they occur.
The Transit, Technology, and Public Participation Project is one of five new projects selected by the Federal Transit Administration's Public Transportation Participation Pilot Program. The 18-month project will investigate the impact of technology in improving public participation in the public transportation planning process.
Project news and findings will be made available online at the project's website throughout the course of the project so that anyone with an interest in transit planning and technology can follow project developments as they occur.
The Transit, Technology, & Public Participation Project is being conducted by the Small Urban & Rural Transit Center (SURTC), a program of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University, in partnership with Metro Area Transit (MAT), the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (Metro COG), and the Cities of Fargo and Moorhead.
A Transportation Seminar titled "Generating Public Involvement in Transportation Decision Making" will be held Sept. 22, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 422 of the IACC building on the North Dakota State University campus.
Despite the critical role that transportation plays in our economy and quality of life, the public often chooses not to be involved in public policy decisions related to planning and financing. This seminar presentation will discuss a recent initiative undertaken by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute to generate public involvement in transportation decision making and subsequent efforts to share research findings with key elected officials.