The new hardware replaces equipment installed in 2017. Each bus received new GPS equipment, mobile data terminals, and automated voice annunciation system. A Cradlepoint system was also installed on each bus. Cradlepoint hardware serves as a signal booster and enables Cambus to explore additional types of technology in the future.
Cambus currently collects boarding data using manual entry into the mobile data terminal tablets on each bus. Each time a rider boards a Cambus, the driver records that boarding in the tablet. This method does not collect the number of riders exiting each stop.
With APCs, Cambus will receive detailed data on riders boarding and exiting to inform service planning decisions. APCs could also provide more accurate ridership information by reducing human error in the data collection.
“Our top priorities for drivers are to safely operate the vehicles and provide good customer service. Not only can APCs provide us more information for service decisions, it also allows the driver to focus more on their primary task of safe service delivery” says Brunelli.
The APCs will be tested for accuracy over the coming months. If the pilot is successful, APCs may be installed across the fleet later this year.
All about APCs
Because the APCs record both boarding and exiting data, the system also understands how full a bus is. This data can be used to:
Show riders how full a bus is before it arrives in the Transit app
Help predict rider patterns for scheduling
Help plan service changes