The Big Blue Bus, the public transportation authority for the Santa Monica, Calif. area, will be adding an advanced fleet management system (AFMS, at a value of $6 million.
The system, provided by Siemens Transportation Systems Integrated Local Government Division (ILG), will monitor transit vehicles by harnessing the power of satellite technology.
Use of this system will improve on-time performance, operational efficiency, driver and passenger safety and the overall quality of service.
The AFMS is part of Siemens' TransitMaster(TM) advanced public transportation system and will provide precise, GPS-based real-time bus location information to Big Blue Bus dispatchers and customers.
Siemens will also provide the transit authority with computer-aided dispatching, automatic passenger counters, traveler information signs at stops, an on-vehicle announcement system and a new security system.