FTA has just published Considerations for Evaluating Automated Transit Bus Programs, which provides guidance for transit agencies that want to evaluate deployments of transit bus automation technologies. The 30-page report informs transit agency staff about how to design an appropriate evaluation.
Given the potential of transit-bus automation, it is critical to evaluate the benefits and challenges from early implementations. A well-designed evaluation can quantify societal benefits such as increasing mobility, raising transit ridership, and improving safety.
This guide aims to assist transit stakeholders with designing and implementing evaluations of automated transit-bus programs. In designing evaluations, transit agencies and other stakeholders should identify program goals and audiences affected by the technology; develop a logic model that maps project inputs, activities, and outcomes; choose an appropriate evaluation design; and collect and analyze data on key performance indicators related to their program goals.