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

UConn rolls out 10 New Flyer buses

Each bus seats 31 passengers, not including people who prefer to stand; has two positions for wheelchairs; and carry “Husky GO” designs on the exterior, introducing the new brand by which the bus service will be known.

Sacramento State launches real-time shuttle tracking system

The shuttles were equipped with GPS trackers over the summer and the app was soft launched in the spring. The university partnered with DoubleMap to create an embedded URL reached through the Sac State app.

Capital Metro, RATP Dev hosting autonomous shuttle demonstration

The demonstration, which will be held March 16 to 17 on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, is designed to illustrate how Capital Metro and RATP Dev are working together to provide new and innovative ways for people to move around Austin, while helping to reduce emissions that can damage the environment.

U. of Oregon partners with TriMet on light rail project

The university's Sustainable City Year Program will engage hundreds of students in transit and transportation development plans.

Cubic to provide expanded NextBus system for U. of Maryland

Under the contract extension, Cubic will greatly enhance UMD’s smart bus offering by providing university transit staff with features such as automatic passenger counting, automatic voice annunciation, and “turn-by-turn” directions.

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