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Thursday February 16th, 2017

Posted at 10:31am

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Transit Windsor has begun the testing phase of its new Intelligent Transportation System.

This marks the first of several changes to the city bus system.

Currently, ten Transit Windsor buses are equipped with the new system and providing automated stop announcements. This system provides onboard voice and visual announcements, which include next stop messages.

Voice announcements are coordinated with display signs inside the bus. Pre-boarding external audible announcements are also provided to waiting passengers waiting at bus stop locations.

Transit Windsor says that more buses will be added over the next several weeks as the technology is tested and rolled out.

Other features being rolled out in the coming months include the addition of five security cameras on each Transit Windsor bus and the addition of Short Messaging Service, where passengers can request the arrival time of the next Transit Windsor bus on your phone by texting your stop ID to 88881. Stop IDs can be found on bus stop signs in the top right corner of each sign.

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  • Ron Ryan

    I agree with security camera’s on buses and the real-time app or website… I don’t agree with the call/text for when you are waiting for your bus to arrive. To me, that’s silly. You are waiting for a cab to arrive. You going to call/text them as well?
    If it’s minus 10 degrees; you are not going to take your gloves/mittens off to call/text, “Where is this bus?” You are too busy wiping your nose at that temperature, sorry its true. Plus, I can’t see my Mom, elderly, or a person with mobile/personal barriers, call/text at a bus stop for that bus, even if you remember the number. People don’t remember phone numbers anymore.
    All the customers want is safety and the transferring connection to be there on time and/or waiting. You can take the first Crosstown 2 (West bound) in the morning and transfer to the Walkerville 8 and the bus has already gone by. You can have the same bus driver, but always leaves at a different time and/or have to ask to make sure.

  • Ron Ryan

    I agree with security camera’s on buses and the real-time app or
    website… I don’t agree with the call/text for when you are waiting for
    your bus to arrive. To me, that’s silly. You are waiting for a cab to
    arrive. You going to call/text them as well?
    If it’s minus 10
    degrees; you are not going to take your gloves/mittens off to call/text,
    “Where is this bus?” You are too busy wiping your nose at that
    temperature, sorry its true. Plus, I can’t see my Mom, elderly, or a
    person with mobile/personal barriers, call/text at a bus stop for that
    bus, even if you remember the number. People don’t remember phone
    numbers anymore.
    All the customers want is safety and the
    transferring connection to be there on time and/or waiting. You can take
    the first Crosstown 2 (West bound) in the morning and transfer to the
    Walkerville 8 and the bus has already gone by. You can have the same bus
    driver, but always leaves at a different time and/or have to ask to
    make sure.