Strategic Plan

By , May 22, 2010

Why We Need a Strategic Plan

The rapid evolution of communications technologies is evident in the increasing variety of wireless services, and accompanying greater usage of the radio spectrum. To maintain its critical communications capabilities, and to take advantage of the growing opportunities offered by the wireless communication system (e.g., enhanced passenger services, real-time video and vehicle operation data, voice and data transfer among varied technologies, etc.), the passenger transportation industry must monitor, respond, and adapt to:

  • Changes in FCC regulations affecting spectrum licensed to transportation providers.
  • Changes in commercial services that affect expectations for communications, and hence change the needs for communications.

 To respond effectively, we must build partnerships with other radio spectrum user-groups and emergency response organizations that rely on the support of passenger transportation services. The future of passenger transportation communications depends on our collective voice, our commitment to action, and our adaptability to shifts in the environment impacting our industry.

Initial Plan Development

Our strategic plan was initially developed as part of TCRP Project C-18 through a transit industry roundtable (held in March, 2009) and subsequent meetings with the APTA Communications Subcommittee. The plan calls for establishment of a joint council to oversee its implementation.  It also describes the vision, mission, and strategic goals for the next five years to effectively support the communication needs of the transit industry – the needs of which we believe are substantially similar to those of other types of passenger transportation providers. 

Who May Benefit from Our Plan

Recognizing the substantial overlapping wireless communications interests of the broad spectrum of surface passenger transportation providers, we believe that the goals outlined in our strategic plan are also relevant for on-demand passenger transportation providers including non-emergency medical transport, senior transport, and taxicabs, in addition to school buses.  All these transportation providers play critical roles in passenger transportation. 

The most common wireless communication devices vary both within and among different types of passenger transportation providers.  On a group-level, we believe that our wireless communications commonalities are greater than our differences.

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