Transport Functions

Public Transport Functions

You need to read this section of the toolkit if you wish to analyze the performance of your passenger transport system, and identify which ITS Applications could be implemented to improve it. If you already know which ITS Applications are of interest to you, go directly to that section of the toolkit.

The planning of any ITS program should respond to clearly-stated needs of the transport authority and / or operator. All of the key policy-makers and senior managers of the transport authority and / or transport operator need to be involved at every stage, but especially at the project formulation stage. This analysis of transport functions is designed to assist the stakeholders in identifying the priority areas for development of their urban passenger transport system, and whether there are ITS applications that can assist in that process. The system has been disaggregated to five levels for this purpose: Strategic Context; Tactical Planning; Service Delivery; General Support; and Statistical Analysis.

Within each of these levels, the potential role of ITS has been identified and appropriate applications identified. In each case, the advantages of an ITS led approach to development have been identified and cautions presented as to any adverse implications.

The functional model represents every aspect of the planning and operation of an urban passenger transport system, but not all will be applicable in each city depending on the institutional framework and the role of the public and private sectors. Where the system is operated by para-transit, many of the functions will not be formalized but will be carried out in an ad hoc manner not amenable to an ITS program.

The Transport Functions are structured in five levels as follows: