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Equipment Package: Transit Center Tracking and Dispatch

Description: This equipment package provides the capabilities for monitoring transit vehicle locations and determining vehicle schedule adherence. The equipment package shall also furnish users with real-time travel related information, continuously updated with real-time information from each transit system within the local area of jurisdiction, inclusive of all transportation modes, from all providers of transportation services, and provide users with the latest available information on transit routes, schedules, transfer options, fares, real-time schedule adherence, current incidents conditions, weather conditions, and special events. This equipment package also supports the capability for two-way voice communication between the transit vehicle operator and a facility, two-way data communication between the transit vehicles and a facility.
Included In: NFTA/Metro Bus and Rail Operations Control Center
Niagara Falls Paratransit Service
Niagara Falls Transit Center
School District Transportation Dispatch
St. Catharines Transit Dispatch
Welland Transit Center
General Functional Requirements 1 - The center shall monitor the locations of all transit vehicles within its network.
2 - The center shall determine adherence of transit vehicles to their assigned schedule.
3 - The center shall collect trip monitoring data from on-board systems including transit vehicle mileage, fuel usage, passenger loading, availability, etc.
4 - The center shall provide transit operational data to traveler information service providers.
5 - The center shall support an interface with a map update provider, or other appropriate data sources, through which updates of digitized map data can be obtained and used as a background for transit tracking and dispatch.

Last updated: 11-18-05