Since December 1977 the first computer controlled dial-a-ride system in Europe has been in trial operation. Where it is not profitable to run bus schedules with few passengers through an area, the dial-a-ride bus system comes into its own. It acts as a feeder to the scheduled buses and releases these from unremunerative journeys. It is particularly advantageous in rural areas with their low numbers of passengers where it fills a gap in the available transport left between scheduled buses and taxis. How does one deal with the passenger requests? The incoming passenger requests are processed in the central telephone operated control centre and transmitted through data processing equipment to the computer. This computer arranges the requests in accordance with the most suitable vehicles available at the time, oversees the arrival and departure times and reports faults. The manager in the control centre is at all times informed of the current state of the transport availability. The stopping points and the routes of the individual vehicles appear continuously on a screen. The driver is also continuously in contact with the control centre. When the driver arrives at a stopping point, he activates the "arrival" signal. The destination of the boarding passengers and the number of passengers appears on a screen installed in the vehicle. When all the passengers have boarded, the driver presses the 'depart' button. The control centre then informs them of the next pick-up point. Only the faultless interaction of passenger, call point (or telephone instruction), control centre, driver and vehicle will guarantee the smooth running of a computer controlled dial-a-ride bus system. /TRRL/

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    Vereingte Motor-Verlag GmbH und Co. KG

    Leuschnerstrasse 1, Postfach 1042
    7000 Stuttgart 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Stoeffges, P
  • Publication Date: 1978-4


  • German

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 888-891
  • Serial:
    • Lastauto - Omnibus
    • Volume: 55
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Vereingte Motor-Verlag GmbH und Co. KG
    • ISSN: 0023-866X

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00301029
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 27 1981 12:00AM