ETS Awards Smart Bus Contract to Trapeze Group
August 30, 2012
Edmonton Transit System (ETS) is pleased to announce that Trapeze Group has been awarded the contract to bring Smart Bus technology to Edmonton.
The contract was awarded following a rigorous selection process. Trapeze has the capability to provide a total product for ETS, with minimal or no customization. As well, they have installed smart technology in the DATS area which has been well received by both staff and customers.
The first deployment of 45 Smart Buses is scheduled to go into service April 2013 on Edmonton Transit routes 111 and 128. Customers on these routes will have the ability to access real time bus information anytime, anywhere via the web or mobile devices. Smart Bus technology brings ETS customers increased predictability, reliability, accessibility and safety.
Riders are able to check their mobile devices or the web for real time bus locations improving the predictability for their travel. ETS has better tools to know the exact location of buses and manage incidents improving reliability of service. On board stop announcements improves accessibility of the system for persons with disabilities and seniors. Vehicle health monitoring and integration with onboard security cameras are elements of Smart Bus designed to improve the overall safety of the system.
“These tools are going to revolutionize the transit experience for riders,” said Acting ETS Manager Lorna Stewart. “It will take the guess work out of using the bus.”
Public transit in Edmonton has grown considerably in size and scope over the past decade and it is increasingly difficult to manage this large complex service using manual effort only. The addition of Smart Bus technology will enable Edmonton Transit to make informed decisions about fleet and service and communicate real time schedule updates to transit riders.
The initial investment in Smart Bus technology is $3.4 million. Cost for installation of this technology in the full fleet is approximately $32 million.
For more information:
Edmonton Transit System