INIT to equip Utah commuter rail with IT systems

Posted on January 20, 2011

INIT, Innovations in Transportation Inc., signed a contract with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) for the installation of an intelligent transportation system to be fitted on more than 35 FrontRunner commuter rail vehicles. 

Fifty percent of the vehicles already have existing automatic passenger counting technology from INIT and will be upgraded with the new system components. The contract calls for on-board computers (COPILOTpc), passenger information displays (PIDmobil), driver data terminals (PRESSit) and on-board announcements (PAmobil).

In addition to the hardware, INIT will supply software for real-time passenger information online and at stops (MOBILE-STOPinfo), along with reporting software, (MOBILEstatistics).

INIT’s on-board computer, the COPILOTpc, will serve as the vehicle logic unit for the FrontRunner railcars. The compact computer is based on Windows XP-embedded technology and will benefit UTA by providing accurate vehicle location while identifying system exceptions such as off-schedule trains.

The relevant data will then be made available to passengers through passenger information signs and on-board announcements and displays. INIT will also establish a communications link, using the existing Nomad WiMax system that will carry the communications information from the FrontRunner cars to the backend network equipment.

INIT’s reporting software, MOBILEstatistics, will further enhance UTA’s ability to operate the FrontRunner Rail system more efficiently by taking all relevant data from the on-board computer and providing a robust and flexible database of both real-time and static transit information. This will give the agency further cost savings by allowing for improved management, as well as better dissemination of arrival & departure times for passengers, which has been proven to increase customer satisfaction and ridership.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Siemens, partners deliver automated peoplemover for Frankfurt Airport

The company will deliver 12 fully automated two-car trains equipped with GoA4 Communication Based Train Control Trainguard MT CBTC, the track work equipment, the station platform doors, communication system, depot equipment, and the power supply system.

FRA taking proactive approach to help railroads meet PTC requirement

At the direction of Secretary Elaine L. Chao, the FRA is taking a proactive approach to ensure railroads acquire, install, test, and fully implement certified PTC systems in time to meet the congressional interim deadline of Dec. 31, 2018.

Despite federal uncertainty, N.C. light rail project optimistic about funding

Half of the Durham-Orange light rail’s cost — totaling over a billion dollars — is expected to come from the federal government.

Las Vegas Monorail unveils Google Pay mobile ticketing

The Monorail now offers riders the ability to quickly and easily purchase fares online and use their phone at the fare gates for immediate transit access to everything along the Las Vegas Strip.

Charlotte Area Transit launches LYNX Blue Line extension

The 9.3-mile extension, coined the Blue Line Extension (BLE) during construction, continues the alignment north from the previous terminus stop at 7th Street Station and now culminates at UNC Charlotte’s main campus.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close