Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Real-Time Info Pilot Launches for P1 Bus Route

Starting today, riders will be able to view real-time locations for the P1 East Busway-All Stops bus route through Port Authority’s website.

This is the initial testing and demonstration phase of Port Authority’s real-time arrivals system. This initial phase will be limited to only the P1 route and only those buses on regular route (not detoured).

We expect to begin installing additional equipment and rolling out real-time capability to additional routes in early 2014. The project will proceed in phases, with a goal of having most of the bus system covered by 2015. Additional real-time system features will also be introduced in phases. For example, open data for developers and tracking of detoured routes will be available at a later date.

Real-time for Port Authority’s T system will be implemented separately since our light rail vehicles do not currently use GPS-enabled signs and annunciators – instead, a light rail vehicle’s position is announced when the vehicle passes over certain points on the tracks.

Currently, real-time arrival information for the P1 is only available online, but starting next month, Port Authority will install electronic countdown signs at select locations along the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway.

To view arrival information for the P1 East Busway-All Stops route, please visit Port Authority's real-time website hosted by Clever Devices.

For questions or assistance, please contact Port Authority Customer Service at 412-442-2000 (TTY 412-231-7007).