PennTRAIN: Ecolane Groups Training

  • 07/23/2019
  • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Michael Ross Event Center, Williamsport, PA
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Tuesday, July 23 from 8 AM to 3:30 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: Parking is available in the Third St. Parking Deck located at 115 West Third St, Williamsport, PA. Validated tickets will be provided when leaving the training.

Lodging: PennTRAIN has secured a block of rooms at the Towneplace Suites Williamsport (10 W Church St, Williamsport, PA 17701) for the nights of July 21 and 22 at the discounted rate of $94/night plus taxes and fees. If tax exempt, be sure to bring your exemption form. Click here to book online, or call (570) 567-7467 to book over the phone (mention group code PennTRAIN). The block will be released on July 12 or when full.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and breaks will be provided. Please inform Sara Bowden at 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: 15

The Michael Ross Event Center is located on the third floor of
River Valley Transit's Trade & Transit Center II
144 West Third Street, Williamsport, PA
(the front door is located directly across from the entrance to Barrel 135)

Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 115 Pine Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

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