Broward County Transit Receives Commission Approval to Implement New Computer-Aided Dispatch/Automatic Vehicle Locator System
  
- State-of-the-art technology will enhance "real-time" passenger information -
  
DATE: February 4, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Doris Williams, Broward County Transit Division
PHONE: 954-357-6786
EMAIL:
dvwilliams@broward.org

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – On January 28, the Broward County Commission voted to move forward with implementation of a Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) system for Broward County Transit (BCT).

The new CAD/AVL system will allow operations dispatchers to better manage fixed-route and community buses and the planned “WAVE” modern streetcar system. It will also provide ”real-time” bus arrival and departure information through passenger advisory signs, websites, text messaging and mobile phone applications.

“This is a highly-anticipated project,” said Tim Garling, director of the Broward County Transit Division. “Our passengers and BCT staff look forward to the implementation of the CAD/AVL system. This technology will enhance our entire operations by improving the riding experience for our passengers as well as the internal business process of public transportation.”

In addition to several other features and functions, the CAD/AVL system will enhance communications between the operations dispatchers and bus drivers when addressing issues that arise during day-to-day operations.

BCT will now begin work on the first of seven phases to prepare for a full-system rollout, which is tentatively scheduled for spring-summer 2015. The $12.5 million dollar project is federally-funded from various Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants, including $2.2 million dollars in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.

For more information, contact Doris Williams at 954-357-6786 or
dvwilliams@broward.org.
 
About Broward County Transit
Broward County Transit (BCT), the second largest public transportation system in the state of Florida, provides convenient, economical and eco-friendly alternatives to driving a car. Close to 40 million annual passengers commute on fixed-route, limited stop and express bus services and many connect to Miami-Dade Transit, Palm-Tran and Tri-Rail. The fleet consists of 313 buses of which 81 are diesel/hybrid, and all are equipped with wheelchair/scooter lifts and bike racks. Mini-buses provide Community Bus Service in partnership with 18 Broward municipalities. The Paratransit (TOPS) program provides transportation for persons unable to use the fixed-route bus system. Customer service is available seven days a week, including holidays, at 954-357-8400; TTY 954-357-8302. The Broward County Transit website contains information on all services, a link to Google™ Transit and an option to receive the Transit Flash e-newsletter. Customers can also follow BCT on Facebook and YouTube.  
 
 
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