Recent Posts by Matt Schroeder

Are your RFPs getting you the responses you want?

Posted on August 28, 2020
By Matt Schroeder

The RFP creation and evaluation process can be troublesome, but if a logical approach and sound strategies inform the type of responses you seek, then it need not be such a cumbersome effort.

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A cash-free future begs you to take my money.

Posted on July 31, 2020
By Matt Schroeder

Versatile payment collection capabilities simplify payment and meets the preference of the rider. While regular transit riders will likely stick to a single form of payment for their transit fares, periodic or impromptu riders will require flexibility in their fare transactions.

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It’s time to bury your printed schedules six feet deep.

Posted on May 12, 2020
By Matt Schroeder
Display and mobile technologies have rendered the printed schedule obsolete. By Matt SchroederDirector of Marketing, ETA Transit Systems The printed schedule must die. There, I said it and if feels amazing. And if you’re sitting there with your mouth agape wondering how I could blaspheme such a longtime staple of public transit; I don’t blame…
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Level up driver performance

Posted on April 14, 2020
By Matt Schroeder

Driver monitoring technologies exist to identify ineffective behaviors that could impact overall performance, increase rider satisfaction, and contribute to unsafe vehicle operation. Among the more popular solutions on the market include: speed tracking, excessive idle monitoring, schedule performance tracking, and collision avoidance.

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The sky is the limit with a cloud-hosted ITS.

Posted on March 12, 2020
By Matt Schroeder
Skeptics abound, but the modern ITS is grounded in operational efficiency. By Matt SchroederDirector of Marketing, ETA Transit Systems Market research is a big part of my gig here at ETA. I’m always on the lookout for the latest trend or emerging technology, but in general my transit-specific career spans just six of my 25…
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Next-generation route management expands options for efficiency.

Posted on February 11, 2020
By Matt Schroeder
By Matt Schroeder Director of Marketing, ETA Transit Systems As a marketer, I’m constantly exposed to new and interesting facts. Did you know that a transit agency on average spends between two and six months researching new routes? Or how about this one: 44 percent of dispatchers spend at least 30 minutes inputting route changes…
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Staff Engagement: Turn staff doubters into doers

Posted on January 10, 2020
By Matt Schroeder

Staff engagement is a critical, yet often overlooked component to new system adoption. As advanced and capable as the current generation of intelligent transit technology is, its performance will always be hampered by incorrect or inconsistent use. For all the time and resources spent in securing these solutions, it’s important to also invest in those people charged with using the system most frequently. A staff that sees technology as a benefit to their responsibilities, and not an obstacle, will outperform those who cannot make the association between technology and performance.

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Vendor selection: Find that forever friend.

Posted on December 13, 2019
By Matt Schroeder
The bond between agency and ITS vendor should last long after the sale. By Matt Schroeder Director of Marketing, ETA Transit Systems What makes for a good partnership when it comes to vendor selection? I mean, you’re spending hundreds of thousands—maybe millions—of dollars on a new intelligent transit system. You have sales reps from at…
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3 key preparations to consider before autonomous transit arrives.

Posted on November 19, 2019
By Matt Schroeder

Autonomous vehicles are more of a novelty at this point, available in a few select areas. However, 52 percent anticipate that within 3-5 years, they’ll be in the market. That’s not a long time to develop, test, and procure solutions to satisfy the ancillary considerations related to self-driving vehicles.

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