Transit system equips buses with two-way radios
From the Courier-Journal: All River City, Ky., buses now are equipped with two-way radios that let dispatchers locate any bus instantly, tell drivers if they are running ahead or behind schedule, and connect every bus with the MetroSafe emergency communications system.
Transit Authority of River City’s board approved the purchase of the high-tech radio system in 2007, but it took years to develop the hardware and software. The system wasn’t fully implemented and the radios installed in all 260 TARC buses until several weeks ago, said Barker. The system cost nearly $5 million, about 80% of which was federal money.
Eventually, TARC hopes to be able to enhance the technology so passengers can use smartphones or similar devices to tap into the system to find out when the next bus will arrive at a specific stop.Read the entire article here.