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How GPS Tracking Can Help Improve Public Transportation

Public transportation remains an essential service that people rely on to get them from one point to another. In fact, it is the top choice of millions for transportation because of the freedom and flexibility that it offers. It is the more economical and eco-friendly choice to other alternatives. Public transit has gone through all kinds of transformations over the years, especially with the introduction of newer and more advanced technologies. One of the greatest innovations that has impacted both the public transit and private sector is the use of GPS systems to track the exact positioning and location of vehicles. From transit GPS devices came many other innovations that are now revolutionizing public transportation, ranging from GPS sign networks to passenger information systems, all working together to enhance passenger services.

Transit GPS devices come with many exciting and practical features that are extremely useful in managing transportation fleets. Listed below are only some of the ways that GPS tracking and GPS sign systems prove useful in public transportation:

  • With GPS tracking devices, fleet managers can use live map tracking to monitor where each vehicle is at an exact moment in time, allowing them to check whether trips are on schedule or if delays can be expected. The ability to view the real-time location of each unit in the fleet allows for more efficient management of routes and route schedules and helps keep passengers in the loop of potential delays in their trips.
  • Real time alerts from transit GPS systems also help ensure passenger safety through features like geo-fencing, which sends automatic alerts and notifications should a bus deviate from the assigned route. GPS tracker devices can even alert operators and managers when drivers are traveling above the speed limit.
  • Finally, GPS tracking systems are useful in keeping fleet records, including data on past activities, which can be useful when investigating issues or when evaluating and analyzing the performance of the entire fleet or a particular unit or driver. GPS tracker systems are a great end to end tools that help in the planning, monitoring, and evaluation of transit operations. 

Transign is the absolute authority when it comes to passenger information systems and innovative signage products and solutions. The company has played a major role in the evolution of transit signs, from classic bus curtain signs to more cutting edge LED powered signs, that modern fleets use today. This only proves Transign’s commitment to continuous innovation in the transit signage industry.

 

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How Passengers Depend on Their Real Time Smart Apps for Communication of Transit Bus Routes

Public transit systems operate on a sharing basis, thus benefiting the general public. Unlike other group transportation modes like carpooling or taxis, passengers have to share rides with complete strangers and follow strict schedules, all while adhering to specific transit routes. This is a small price to pay however, for the convenience, accessibility, economic, and environmentally friendly attributes of choosing public transit over more private means of transportation. Fortunately, new technologies are now available to make riding public transportation easier and a lot more manageable for passengers. The Internet has revolutionized the way that transit agencies and passengers are using technology, GPS sign applications, and transit GPS to make public transportation even better.

Advancements in transit GPS technology are making strides in better integrating communication and information processing and control in various transportation systems. In the past, the lack of real-time information was truly a major challenge for the public transportation sector. Today however, improvements are very much evident in the way that technology is being used, not only to deliver, but also to act upon real time information that passengers and transit operators receive through modern devices. For instance, modern transit information systems can provide real-time alerts on transit routes and schedules through on-board alert systems that make it easier for passengers to keep track of their estimated time of arrival or make adjustments due to possible delays.

The ability of newer passenger and transit information systems and applications’ to provide real-time information also allows passengers to find alternate choices and make quick decisions about their travels, depending on their situation. This prevents a great deal of confusion and frustration in case of unexpected changes in schedules, re-routing, or canceled trips. Providing real-time information about bus arrivals and departures also encourages increased ridership because passengers are more likely to take the bus when they know exactly when they can get on-board or what the crowd level is like inside the vehicle.

Transign continues to provide the newest and smartest transit information solutions to help clients provide the highest level of service to passengers and public transportation users. From GPS Sign products to transit GPS solutions, the company advocates the adoption and use of new technology to ensure real-time updates, detour alerts, on-time, late, and early notifications, re-routing notices, and two-way messaging capabilities for transit operators.

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