Canadian City to Launch Smart Bus Technology

The City of Edmonton has awarded a contract to equip 45 city buses with so-called Smart Bus technology for an estimated cost of  $3.4 million.

The Trapeze Group has been selected to provide the Edmonton Transit System with a new intelligent transportation system to help them better manage their fixed-route bus service and provide travelers with real time transit information.

Guided by the City Vision and The Way We Move (the Transportation Master Plan), ETS has developed a three-year business plan that focuses on improving the quality of life for Edmonton citizens by making improvements to the public transit system.

According to Coun. Don Iveson the technology will change the way people interact with public transit in the city. "A couple of years ago we got Google Transit which told you when the bus was supposed to be there and this technology is going to tell you when it's actually going to get there," he said.

ETS provides service to a population of more than 812,000 residents across 700 square kilometers with more than 205 regular routes and nearly 400,000 daily boardings. The agency's mission is to provide customer-focused, safe, reliable and affordable public transit services that link people and places.

The Smart Bus Technology will roll out on-bus starting April 2013.

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