Cubic’s NextBus subsidiary announces first project outside North America

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities October 22, 2014 14:39

Cubic’s NextBus subsidiary announces first project outside North America

NextBus, the provider of Real-Time Passenger Information Systems (RTPIS), is expanding its market with its first project outside North America, with TransLink, the public transportation provider in south east Queensland, Australia.

NextBus will deliver RTPIS to 19 separate transit providers that operate under TransLink. This follows a successful trial conducted from June to September 2014.

NextBus is a subsidiary of San Diego-based Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc. Cubic designed, delivered and has managed TransLink’s go card fare collection operations since the system’s rollout was completed in 2008.

The NextBus award expands Cubic’s services and capabilities in the region and delivers on a key component of its NextCity strategy—the integration and application of payment, traveller information and operational analytics to regional transportation networks around the world.

Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads Minister, Scott Emerson, said previous real-time trials had proven too expensive, but working with Cubic the government had been able to deliver good value for Queensland taxpayers.

“Public transport users will see more than 3,000 existing driver console units on their bus and ferry services replaced with the new, modern devices to enable real-time info over the coming months.”

Minister Emerson said Sunshine Coast buses will be the first to be equipped with the new NextBus equipment, with passengers benefiting from the real-time technology by the end of this year.

By early 2015 the equipment will be installed across the entire TransLink network, which operates across 23 zones and 7 regions with the network stretching from Gympie in the north to Coolangatta in the south, and west to Helidon.

“New driver console units use GPS, combined with mobile communications on each vehicle to track the exact location and movements of services with arrival times updated every 30 seconds on the TransLink website,” said Minister Emerson.

NextBus vehicle arrival information can be accessed through its regularly updated Web application and is also accessible through mobile devices including smartphones and tablets, computers and LED/LCD signs at bus shelters and transit depots. Using GPS technology, NextBus automatically determines the rider’s location and the nearest stops. Riders can locate this data on a live map at www.nextbus.com.

For transit operators, the NextBus system provides a host of management tools that enable operators to improve their on-time performance and transit planning.

Tools include headway management that tracks how far apart buses are spaced out, schedule adherence, replay maps that utilize historical travel data to show dispatchers past vehicle location information, and the real-time map interface, which allows transit managers to monitor their vehicles in real time and know if they’re early, on-time or late.

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities October 22, 2014 14:39