Rail

BART launches estimated train crowding feature

Posted on April 25, 2013

Visitors to the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) website and mobile site can now get a snapshot of estimated crowding levels on trains when they plan a trip.

The beta version of the estimated crowding feature launched earlier this week.

When using the BART QuickPlanner, the trip plan will show an icon with three heads, two heads or one head — indicating “heavy crowding expected,” “moderate crowding expected” or “light crowding expected.”

The new feature is a response in part to record ridership levels on BART, giving riders another tool to find a train with more space, if they have flexibility to make their trip a little earlier or later.

The crowding level estimates are based on historic data; BART’s Web team worked closely with BART’s scheduling department to coordinate the new feature in an effort to give riders more choices.

“Although the data is not real time, the historic data we're using is generally predictive, and customers will be able to see which trips are less crowded than others,” said Timothy Moore, BART website manager.

QuickPlanner trip plans also tell riders whether bicycles are allowed on BART at a particular time or not. The crowding level feature is also intended to provide guidance to bicyclists, because even outside commute period blackouts, bicyclists are instructed to "only board cars that can comfortably accommodate you and your bicycle," under the BART bike rules.

BART is evaluating the results from a bike pilot held March 18 to 22 allowing bikes on board at all times, with only some restrictions. The results of the pilot will be presented to the board of directors at a future meeting, with opportunity for public comment, before determining what happens next with bikes on BART.

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

More News

Amtrak Pacifc Surfliner, MLB team up for rail safety awareness

Partners with San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels and California Operation Lifesaver to highlight the importance of safety around train tracks.

Zmudzinski to lead national rail systems at WSP

Will lead the firm’s transit and rail systems engineering team and support business development across the U.S.

4 teams submit design-build bids for Foothill Gold Line light rail project

Includes technical approach to completing the design and construction of the project, their management method, and financial bid.

Ottawa's light rail system delayed again

Rideau Transit Group said it could only meet the deadline if it didn't meet certain contract requirements.

WMATA issues RFP for 8000-series railcars

Plans to acquire at least 256 8000-series cars to allow for the retirement of the 2000- and 3000-series cars at the end of their 40-year service life.

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

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

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