This article describes the use of proven traffic information technology and satellite tracking technology to provide better information for Birmingham public transport users. The new public transport passenger information system (PTPIS) for bus passengers across the West Midlands will be dynamic. Bus stops will display the expected arrival times of the next three buses, by measuring their actual progress. The regions's transport executive, Centro, has commissioned a pilot PTPIS scheme in Birmingham. A global positioning system (GPS), using military navigational satellites, will track the buses, which will be fitted with similar sensors to relay their positions to a central control room. Algorithms will then combine this information with the traffic histories of bus routes, to calculate up-to-date information to be sent to bus stops. In the pilot scheme, buses will relay their positions every 30sec, and plotting will be accurate to 30m. An Optimum Route Software package will enable any passenger to key in a destination at an on-street terminal, to display the best way to reach it, covering all modes of transport except private car. The scheme will operate from summer 1994 on one route. Five displays from bus stops and an on-street terminal will receive information from 50 buses run by three operators. The scheme aims to reverse the local decline in bus patronage.

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    Thomas Telford Limited

    London,   United Kingdom 
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  • Publication Date: 1993-5-20


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 26-7
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  • Accession Number: 00662453
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 28 1994 12:00AM