PennTRAIN: Ecolane Groups Training

  • 01/08/2020
  • 10:00 AM
  • 01/09/2020
  • Trolleyworks Conference Room at Altoona Metro Transit (AMTRAN) in Altoona
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Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 10 AM to 5 PM
Thursday, January 9, 2020 -
8 AM to 3 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 intensive immersion class is expanding for the first time to a two-day training:

Wednesday, January 8 (10 AM to 5 PM) will include a structured training, focusing on how to identify trips that should be in groups, review group scheduling for violations, and learn more about how groups are affected by Run Availability 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.

Thursday, January 9 (8 AM to 3 PM) will serve as a hands-on workshop where Ecolane will work with attendees on identifying and implementing solutions to real scheduling problems at their agencies.

Who should attend: This course 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.

Cost: No charge

Presented by: Aaron Franek, Ecolane

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, ample street parking is available at the Trolleyworks Conference Room.

Lodging: PennTRAIN has secured a block of rooms at the Fairfield by Marriott, located at 2915 Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Altoona, PA 16602. Rooms are available at the discounted rate of $96/night plus taxes and fees on the nights of January 7 & 8. Click here to book online, or call 814-946-0422 to book over the phone (mention PennTRAIN to secure the group rate). The block will be released on December 24.

Meals: The Fairfield by Marriott provides a complimentary breakfast for overnight guests. Lunch and breaks will be provided during the training. 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 Trolleyworks Conference Room at Altoona Metro Transit is located at:
3316 5th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602

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

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