Wednesday, May 15 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Most agencies use group trips as the cornerstone of their scheduling. Whether your agency is attempting to spread the vehicles throughout the service area, activate all runs based on future demand, or be as efficient as possible – groups can help you achieve your agency’s goals! This one-day intensive immersion class is designed for full time schedulers, dispatchers or managers who have primary responsibility for managing and/or maintaining groups. This is not an introductory level class and will not cover the basics of reservations intake or basic scheduling functions, but instead focus on how to identify trips that should be in groups, review group scheduling for violations, and learn more about how groups are affected by Service Areas and PU / DO rules. Attendees will walk through how to review groups in the Ecolane DRT system and determine their overall health and accuracy. Attendees will review the steps and functions necessary to build a new group, split groups, review current scheduling details for groups both within the software and visually on maps. Attendees will learn how to use the built in “what-if” scheduling functionality for groups and then automatically update groups with new PU stop order times based on these scenarios.
Cost: No charge
Equipment: Attendees must bring a laptop that has Google Earth installed and can connect to Wi-Fi. PennTRAIN has a limited number of laptops that can be loaned to attendees, though we ask that you provide your own if possible. Loaner laptops will be allocated upon registration on a first-come, first-served basis.Parking: Free, on-site parking is available at both Capital Area Transit and the Hotel Indigo Harrisburg.
Lodging: PennTRAIN has secured a block of rooms at the Hotel Indigo Harrisburg (765 Eisenhower Blvd, Harrisburg, PA 17111) for the nights of May 13 and 14 at the discounted rate of $110/night plus taxes and fees. Call 717-558-7676 to book over the phone (mention group code PTA). The block will be released on May 8 or when full. Note that rooms cancelled less than 3 days prior to arrival will incur a 1-night charge.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and breaks will be provided. Please inform Sara Bowden at firstname.lastname@example.org of any dietary restrictions at least one week in advance.
Attire: Casual. Because it can be a challenge to keep the meeting room at a temperature that accommodates everyone, we recommend bringing a sweater or jacket to stay comfortable.
Available Seats: 24