In Miami-Dade County, the Department of Transportation and Public Works acts as the main provider of public transport for the County and its 34 individual municipalities. However, most of the municipalities have started to run their own municipal circulator service within their jurisdiction. Some are as large as operating with 49 vehicles during peak periods, while most of them just have a few vehicles in operation. As of 2019, there are 25 municipal circulators serving 29 municipalities within Miami-Dade County. There is currently no consistency as to how municipalities collect their ridership data, which makes it challenging to share the data with the County and the public in general.
While most transit agencies have technology tools that facilitate data collection, small circulator service providers do not. It is important that find an easy and secured way for municipalities and small transit providers to collect, upload and share the ridership data. Once all within one platform, we could better understand the relationship between several transit services. Further, public transportation data must be joined with other mobility solutions, such as trip information from Mobility Data Specifications (MDS) in order to better understand the relationship with first- and last-mile solutions while understanding the presence of short trips.
The is also the need to to better understand passenger amenities provided in the region. Due to local governance, Bus Shelters, Benches and other facilities fall under the responsibility of the municipality. A solution for municipalities to easily maintain the active bus stops and identify what amenities are located at each particular location.
The lack of a centralized system results in:
- Lack of visibility into ridership information and trends
- Lack of visibility into how municipal circulators complement regional transit service
- Inconsistent information across different entities
- Fragmented data solutions
The Department of Transportation and Public Works seeks a solution that would have the following outcomes::
- A software solution with an easy-to-use transit ridership data entry for each municipality
- Capable of ingesting data by route, stop, day and trip
- Pre-populate transit route and stop information based on GTFS
- Connect to Miami-Dade County's Trusted Data Platform (Microsoft Azure)
- Ability for each municipality to see historical data and ridership trends
- Provide secured access on a role-based model
- Provide APIs for public consumption
- Compatible to standard data collection solutions
- Provide multiple visualization tools, including but not limited to maps, lists and tables
- Optional integration to PowerBI, and ESRI Online