Center for Business and Industrial Studies
Computer-Based Systems for Operational Control
- Design and implementation of a computer-based system for managing bus movements in public transit systems. Computer simulation of bus dispatching and maintenance operations for the St. Louis metropolitan transit authority, development of a prototype of a computerized system for managing bus operations, and implementation of the system at each of the Bi State transit agency's facilities in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Largely for the successful development and implementation of the "Bus to Block" system in collaboration with the Center, Bi State received the 1987 Management Innovation Award from the American Public Transit Association. The software was placed into the public domain for use by other transit agencies. Since the system was put into use in St. Louis, vehicle maintenance has improved, service interruptions are fewer, and maintenance costs have been reduced.
- Adaptation of the Bus to Block computer software to operate on a microcomputer platform, installation of the system in Cincinnati, OH, for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority and provision of consultation and training during its implementation. Enhancement and implementation of the Cincinnati version and implementation in St. Louis on a microcomputer network.