GTT to focus on connected vehicles and performance analytics at Transit Bus Summit


During this week’s 2017 Transit Bus Summit, Global Traffic Technologies (GTT) will be talking with transit agencies about how its connected vehicle platform and transit performance analytics can ensure transit vehicles adhere to their published timetables and improve operational efficiencies through detailed performance insights.

Transit agencies are under increasing pressure to provide reliable, scalable services to a variety of users. Changing demographics in urban areas around the world are driving demand for more robust transportation systems. The Transit Bus Summit, which is taking place in Dallas, Texas, on February 15-17, is an event aimed at transportation directors of public transit and university bus systems operating in at least 25 vehicles, and provides an opportunity for agencies and suppliers to share ideas and solutions on best management of fleet operations.

At the 2017 Transit Bus Summit, GTT will present information on its next generation connected vehicle platform (CVP), which combines the company’s industry-leading Opticom Transit Signal Priority (TSP) with built-in active schedule and headway management capabilities, helping to keep transit services on time and performing optimally in order to minimize travel times, increase predictability and improve on-time metrics. GTT will also discuss cloud-based performance analytics, which allows agencies to monitor key metrics, including dwell time and travel time by vehicle or route.

GTT helps cities to ensure their public transit connections remain safe, consistent and reliable, and allows transit agencies to extend or truncate green cycle times at traffic signals for more accurate schedule adherence. In turn, transit vehicles, including buses, light rail trains and streetcars, are on the road less, which reduces fuel and fleet costs for more profitable operations.

The modular and expandable Opticom CVP is comprised of proven hardware, advanced software and comprehensive services that enable transit agency savings by improving efficiency. The CVP builds on GTT’s GPS-enabled technology and adds powerful cloud-based capabilities for more control and management. The CVP adds a new level of expandability as in addition to transit signal priority, automated schedule adherence can be installed and run to compare a bus’s location to that of its published schedule. To the extent the bus is late, the automated schedule adherence turns the transit signal priority system on, which helps to catch the bus back up. Over time, cloud-based analytics can be used to identify trouble spots and opportunities for improvement on the route, so that efficiency adjustments can be made.

These and future CVP applications are designed to improve operations, reduce costs and increase the level of rider satisfaction. The platform provides the intelligence to improve current transit operations and empower future ‘smart city’ programs. The CVP system has been shown to:

• Reduce transit delays at intersections by up to 40%;

• Minimize fuel costs by up to 19%;

• Reduce bus stop delays by up to 43%;

• Increase ridership by as much as 10%;

• Improve headway management and route buses evenly along the route;

• Improve on-time accuracy to reduce the number of buses in a fleet.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).