The policy of FDOT is to use “the Florida Advance Traveler Information System as the primary method to disseminate timely and important travel information to the public so that the public can make informed decisions regarding their travel plans.” More
Arica Bolechala’s thesis research, Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Travel Assistance Device on the Bus Riding Behavior of Individuals with Disabilities, successfully showed that the Travel Assistance Device (TAD) mobile phone application has a positive impact on the ability of a bus rider with an intellectual disability to exit the bus at the correct stop. This research was recently presented at the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board (TRB) 90th Annual Meeting.
Ms. Bolechala is a recent graduate of Florida Mental Health Institute’s Applied Behavior Analysis Master’s program.
A YouTube video of a BayNews9 story featuring TAD is now available.
We recently completed a project which deployed our Travel Assistance Device (TAD) software for GPS-enabled phones to several additional transit agencies in Florida. TAD is designed to aid new riders, especially those with cognitive impairments in using fixed route public transportation by providing real-time guidance such as “Get Ready…” and “Pull the Cord Now!” messages when the rider should exit the bus at their stop. The final report, Travel Assistance Device Deployment to Transit Agencies is now available.
For more information on TAD, visit our Travel Assistance Device page.
This project was conducted under funding from the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR), the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Florida Department of Transportation.
Arica Bolechala of USF’s Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute successfully demonstrated that the Travel Assistance Device (TAD) has a positive impact on a person’s ability to travel independently using public transportation in her Master’s Thesis, Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Travel Assistance Device on the Bus Riding Behavior of Individuals with Disabilities. When TAD was not in use, study participants did not pull the cord to exit the bus at the appropriate times, increasing the probability that an individual will miss the stop and ultimately lose their way. When the study participants carried TAD, the prompts delivered by TAD enabled all of the participants to pull the cord and exit the bus at the correct locations.
G Sense: A Scalable Architecture for Global Sensing and Monitoring featured in IEEE Network Magazine
G Sense: A Scalable Architecture for Global Sensing and Monitoring by Alfredo J. Perez, Miguel A. Labrador, and Sean J. Barbeau was featured in the July 2010 Volume 24, No 4 of IEEE Network: The Magazine of Global Internetworking.
The Travel Assistant Device (TAD) to Help Transit Riders final report has now been published by the Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) program of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies (TRB). IDEA is a program that funds research into promising but unproven innovations for highways, transportation safety, and transit.
The Travel Assistant Device (TAD) was featured in a Bay News9 story, New cell phone program gives bus riders a hand. August 6, 2008
The Travel Assistant Device (TAD) was featured in the November 2008 University Transporation Centers (UTC) Spotlight, a program of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration.