The transit industry is at a historic moment in time. Passenger expectations are rapidly rising. Ridership is declining. The transit industry must be more competitive, providing a more convenient, friendly and seamless experience. We need to focus on improving every step of the passenger experience across all modes.
Come join the discussion with our passenger experience experts at industry conferences around the country. We will be sharing information about various aspects of the passenger experience and looking forward to lively conversations and debates.
Delivering on Passenger Experience in Paratransit Call Centers and Brokerages
Presentation by Jamie Chambers
See her at the CTAA Conference
May 19th at 2pm, Palm Springs, CA
Innovations in Passenger Experience with Non-Emergency Medical Transport, Call Centers and Brokerage
Presentation by Jamie Chambers
See her at the COMTO Conference
July 12th at 2pm, Tampa, FL
This is an historic moment in our industry. We need to make improvements in each step of the passenger experience to make transit far more convenient. We must:
The good news is that a recent survey of U.S. Transit Leaders shows they are aware of the need to improve. However, it is a demanding process that must be continuous and rigorous. It requires new kinds of collaboration between departments and technology partners, and shared determination.
Continuously Audit the Passenger Experience. Take trips in all modes. Make rigorous assessments at each step that riders go through, from the vantage point of different personas (rider types). Identify pain points and frustrations and systematically improve them. Transdev’s T.ex has a strong methodology.
Invest in an Integrated Passenger App. Today’s passengers want mobile ticketing and real-time information. They also prefer to see all their transportation options in one place, decide on the best option for them in that moment, book, pay, and ride. Cityway is a Transdev company that builds integrated apps and custom MaaS solutions for cities.
Prioritize Passenger Information on Websites Optimized for Mobile Use. Minimize the clicks it takes to get what they need. Austin and Denver are great examples. Also, make sure all signage in your system is impeccable.
Improve your Service Design. Ensure you have a competitive and compelling service design that matches today’s mobility patterns and job centers. Survey and conduct focus groups of both current riders and non-riders and redesign as needed.
Use Passenger Feedback to Improve. Whether it is complaints, compliments or suggestions – record and track all passenger feedback. Then engage your teams to find the root causes of recurring complaints and fix them. Deploy a well-designed CRM system such as Transdev’s LISTEN.
Invest in more Frequent, Punctual Service and Reliable Transfers. Many studies prove this is vital to sustaining and growing ridership.
Summary: Learning from Uber/Lyft
by Yann Leriche, CEO, Transdev North America
Yann Leriche, CEO of Transdev North America, recently wrote a white paper outlining the available research on how riders choose between transit and ride-hailing / ride-sharing services.
Passengers who choose ride-hailing services do so because they save time. Yet time savings alone doesn’t explain their behavior.
Passengers pay a relatively high cost for the time they save.
Time is a key factor, but ride-hailing passengers also highly value other aspects of the experience:
- Ease of use, convenience, reliability, real time information, comfort, and other aspects of perceived overall quality.