University

UC Davis bus service offers real-time information

Posted on September 28, 2009

[IMAGE]Unitrans-full.jpg[/IMAGE]Users of the Unitrans bus system serving University of California Davis and the city of Davis can now receive real-time information on the location of buses and their estimated arrival time at each bus stop.

The information on the student-run bus service is available through the Web and an automated telephone system.

"We have introduced real-time information to make Unitrans easier to use for regular and occasional riders," said Anthony Palmere, assistant general manager of Unitrans.

Unitrans, which carries about 20,000 passengers a day, contracted with NextBus, an Alameda-based company to provide the convenience. An FTA grant is paying for about 80 percent of the $350,000 contract; a Unitrans fee paid by students makes up the balance.

NextBus has installed similar systems for more than a dozen university bus systems and major transit systems in San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; and Toronto.

Each of the 50 buses in the Unitrans fleet has been outfitted with a global positioning system tracking unit that transmits its location every 10 seconds. In addition, NextBus algorithms use a bus's location, the schedule and historical data to predict its arrival time at each stop.

Stop predictions and real-time location maps are available through www.unitrans.com or directly at www.nextbus.com.

The real-time information is also available through Unitrans via phone. To use the phone system, riders need to know the three-digit number for their stop, displayed next to the Unitrans logo on all bus stop signs and available through the NextBus Web site.

NextBus also offers automated text messages to let riders know when their bus is a selected number of minutes away.

Unitrans dispatchers will use more detailed real-time information to help handle disruptions in the schedule and to identify problems with late or overcrowded buses. The system also provides archived data that Unitrans can use to evaluate existing services and proposed changes.

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

More News

Transit app to make Chicago campus travel more efficient

8-Ride is a campus van service provided by MV Transportation in which students can call for a ride to a destination within the outlined boundaries.

MIT students win first round of SpaceX Hyperloop contest

Beating out a field of more than 100 other teams from around the world, the group of MIT graduate students won the best overall design award for a vehicle, or pod, that will ride inside the Hyperloop, a system of tubes connecting major cities.

U. of Nebraska-Lincoln policy prohibits electronic device use while driving

New distracted driving policy prohibits drivers from “creating, sending or reviewing text messages or email, accessing the Internet for any purpose, electronic gaming and reading any printed material on an electronic device or in paper form while operating a university motor vehicle.

Seattle's rail extension to U. of Washington opening in March

Will open ahead of schedule and more than $150 million under budget. Finalizing the launch of U Link includes finishing staff training and acquiring safety certification from the FTA.

New Sound Transit light rail stations close to completion

Commuters will soon be able to go from downtown Seattle to the University of Washington in about eight minutes.

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

Please sign in or register to .    Close