Technology in Transit: An Unprecedented Opportunity to Evolve

Technology provides the means to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of services provided by public transportation agencies to their customers. Despite the potentially large upfront costs to implement technological advances into current systems, the improvements in customer-perceived quality, safety, efficiency of services, and cost-savings that could be produced in the long-run provides an opportunity that many agencies are taking advantage of with the current abundance of unprecedented funding.

Read on to see how Wave Transit in Wilmington NC, STM in Montréal and Wisconsin DOT are focusing on technological advancement.

Wave Transit, the public transportation operator for the metro area of Wilmington, North Carolina, has launched their new on-demand service – RideMicro and accompanying mobile app in partnership with Moovit. RideMicro will allow customers to plan their routes, book and pay for RideMicro services, and track in real-time RideMicro vehicle positioning and arrival time. RideMicro will be available for use in Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover Counties during weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with plans to expand the hours of operations and operational areas to coincide with Wave Transit’s current hours of operations and operational areas. To read more about the features of RideMicro and its accompanying app, click here.

The Société de transport de Montréal, or STM, has launched a one-year pilot program evaluating the performance of a new rear-view bus safety system that has replaced current mirrors with rear-view cameras that will project onto high-definition screens on the left and right pillars of the driver’s compartment. This new rear-view bus safety system will reduce vehicle blind spots, increase the field of view for drivers, and improve visibility during poor driving conditions like night driving and heavy precipitation. To read more about the new rear-view bus safety system and the extensive testing going into the pilot program, click here.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, or WisDOT, has launched a new GIS mapping tool called the Non-Driver ArcGIS Online Application. The Non-Driver ArcGIS Online Application uses a combination of census data and WisDMV data displayed on a state map to view estimated non-drivers by county, municipality, or census area. This GIS mapping tool will allow policy makers, transportation planners, and other decision makers to pinpoint non-driver populations and assist in planning public transportation expansion options for identified areas. To read more about the intended usages for this GIS mapping tool and how to access it, click here.

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