Moving Forward with Technology
BC Transit is committed to continuously enhancing your experience as a rider. As part of this endeavour, we are moving forward with the installation and development of technology initiatives to improve efficiency, increase security and put you in control of your BC Transit experience.
Funding for this project is coming from the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), which was announced in June 2016 by the federal and provincial governments.
BC Transit is introducing NextRide, a convenient, smart, real-time solution to knowing when your next bus will arrive. NextRide uses Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and will be implemented on buses in seven transit communities: Kamloops, Nanaimo, Comox Valley, Squamish, Whistler, Kelowna and Victoria.
With the introduction of this technology comes a response driven website, enabling passengers to plan their trips from an internet connected mobile device or desktop, by viewing the location of your bus along its route and its predicted arrival time at a stop. Buses that have automatic passenger counters (APC) installed, will also provide current capacity information at any given time through the site. Inside the buses, upcoming stop information will be announced as well as displayed on passenger information boards, providing extra benefit to those who are visually or hearing-impaired.
NextRide information will allow BC Transit and its partners to better direct buses for schedule reliability and to more easily push alerts out to customers in the case of detours, accidents or other events that may delay regular routing.
NextRide will be rolled out in the seven communities throughout 2018. More information can be found here.
BC Transit is refitting 283 conventional route buses in 13 communities with Automatic Passenger Counters (APC). Data gathered from the APCs will allow BC Transit and its partners to assess ridership demands throughout the province, making it possible to better plan our routes and to adjust service hours from low demand routes to higher demand areas.
The communities selected for this retrofit project are Victoria, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nelson, Penticton, Vernon, Prince George, Sunshine Coast and Whistler. Installation is expected to be complete by the end of December 2018.
All new buses will have the APC units factory installed by the bus manufacturer prior to delivery. More information can be found here.
BC Transit is installing closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras on buses across the province. The CCTV cameras help deter inappropriate behavior on buses and provide another tool for investigation if an incident occurs.
Video and audio recording equipment is being installed on 376 conventional buses (27 feet and longer) in the current fleet, acquired in 2006 and later. All new medium-duty and heavy-duty conventional buses will have the equipment ready-installed upon delivery.
The installation of the CCTV cameras follows a proof-of-concept period in Victoria and Kamloops in 2015-16. The proof-of-concept showed that the cameras provide a positive benefit to enhance security and safety including evidence to ensure successful conclusions for security investigations.
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