What’s New in TBEST 4.5

TBEST version 4.5 builds upon the advances in prior versions and adds new functionality to support advanced transit planning analysis and reporting.  The following features highlight the improvements within the software:

Framework

  • Compatible with ArcGIS versions 10.6.1, 10.5, 10.4, 10.3 and 10.2 (Basic license-level)
  • Compatible with Windows 10
  • SQL Server 2014 LocalDB database engine with a simplified TBEST deployment
  • GIS files in File Geodatabase format
  • Route tracing service provided by Openrouteservice.org

Socio-Economic Data Updates

Florida state-wide data updates are available for download within TBEST including the following:

  • 2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
  • 2015 Census Block-level Employment data (LEHD compatible)
  • 2015 Florida Department of Revenue Parcel-level Land Use

Operational and Policy Settings

TBEST provides a single Transit System Operations and Policy Editor for defining system-level policy variables which are integral to many TBEST analytical processes and reporting output.  TBEST 4.5 incorporates new parameters to the operations, policy and Title VI inputs and additionally allows users to override the default system Operations and Policy Settings with route specific values to  more accurate reporting and analysis results.

Network Editing 

  • Vehicle Trip Editing – TBEST imports GTFS vehicle trip information and enables trip editing within the Scenario Network Editor. Users can quickly define a range of Weekday, Saturday and Sunday trips via the TBEST Route Pattern Trip Editor.  Trip-based editing allows TBEST networks to include specific arrival/departure times which makes the TBEST GTFS export more compatible with transit planning and operations applications which require GTFS as an input.
  • Transit Line Tracing – Using the an OpenStreetMap-based shortest path algorithm, users are able to trace the road network to digitize a transit line. This feature greatly improves transit route segment accuracy and simultaneously reduces digitizing time. This feature also includes automatic capture of existing stops which are coincident with the newly digitized route alignment.
  • Many fixes and performance improvements to the TBEST Network Editor.

GTFS Interoperability

TBEST 4.5 builds upon the already robust GTFS Interoperability tools provided in prior TBEST releases.  The following updates provide TBEST users with a comprehensive set of features to be able to fully interact with GTFS files within TBEST.  New features include dramatic import speed improvements, capture of individual vehicle trips into the TBEST network, ability to append the Agency Name to the route name, and the ability to remove TBEST scenario routes which are not in the incoming GTFS.

Route Service Summary

This new Service Planning tool integrates route service, operations, route geography, performance, cost, demographics and scheduling to provide planners with interactive route metrics based on existing or modified service.

APC Stop Ridership Integration – The TBEST GTFS Import allows for the inclusion of Automated Passenger Count (APC) stop-level ridership data as an additional file in the GTFS feed.  TBEST 4.5 extensively integrates this data into TBEST for interactive reporting and display by stop, segment, pattern and route and into performance reporting including calculation of stop, route pattern and route load ratios.

Other New TBEST 4.5 Features

  • Application performance improvements in all data processing tasks
  • Transit System branding with Agency or Project Logo
  • Route Headway Reporting with Map Display
  • Title VI Disparate Analysis Reporting based on “People Trips”
  • Support for LEHD Employment datasets
  • Improved Validation tools and Validation User Interface
  • Updated TBEST User Interface
  • Many improvements based on user feedback and insights…