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  • Connected Bus Project Update Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute Cisco Confidential Copyright © 2008 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. IBSG - 1
  • Connected Bus Solves Problems Can bus travel be convenient, fun and popular? Sustainable urban transportation depends on it! Sustainable urban transportation requires shifts from automobile to more resource efficient modes such as walking, cycling and public transit. Buses are currently stigmatized reducing public investment and use. With better planning and service improvements, bus transport can be more convenient, comfortable and enjoyable. Cisco Confidential 2007 Copyright © 2008 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. IBSG - 2
  • Repositioning Public Transit Repositioning bus transit as an attractive, premium-quality service is a cost-effective way to increase transport system sustainability. Public transit service must be modeled after first class airline travel, rather than economy. Cisco Confidential Copyright © 2008 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. IBSG - 3
  • Connected Bus (www.theconnectedbus.org) Automatic Vehicle Location: Increases schedule accuracy, reliability and traffic management. Signal Priority: Transmits data to give buses priority through traffic signals. User Information: Transit routes, schedules, arrival times, fares, destinations and wayfinding. WiFi: Wireless Internet access for passengers at bus stop and on buses. Automated Announcements: Digital announcements assist passengers and reduce driver stress. Automatic Fare Collection and Passenger Counter: Transmits fare collection and passenger load information to central database. Vehicle Health Monitor: Tracks engine performance data to help identify potential problems. Safety and Security Monitoring: Transmits video to central operations location. Operator Training and Performance: Collects data to monitor operator performance. Cisco Confidential Copyright © 2008 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. IBSG - 4
  • Integrated Systems Virtually all Connected Bus features are being implemented somewhere, but virtually no transit system is implementing all these features in an coordinated way. The Connected Bus program is a significant step toward integrated and strategic deployment of new bus transit technologies. Helps transit agencies reduce costs, increse benefits and enhance the image of bus transport. Cisco Confidential Copyright © 2008 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. IBSG - 5
  • Key Features • Wireless connectivity with ruggedized computers • On-board, touch screens and LED displays • High-speed Internet access for passengers. • Live NextMuni updates (route information, wait times, and more) via touchscreen. • Prominent display of on-bus, real-time information, including status of connections at transfer points. • Ability to contact friends, family, and coworkers via wireless devices • Real-time arrival information and passenger counts to help fleet managers maintain adequate capacity, and facilitate loading and bus-to-bus transfers. • “Green Gauge” that provides information on the environmental impact of The Connected Bus as it travels through San Francisco. • Online trackability allows potential riders to follow buses on the network, inviting them to switch to public transit with greater assurance. Cisco Confidential Copyright © 2008 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. IBSG - 6
  • Travel Impacts Improvements Travel Impacts Increase transit speed Large shifts possible, particularly if transit becomes time competitive with driving. Improve user information Small to moderate shifts possible, depending on the degree of improvement compared with existing user information. Improve system reliability Small to moderate with moderate reliability improvements and large if reliability improves significantly. Improve transit vehicle comfort Large shifts possible. Transit travel is very sensitive comfort. Improved waiting comfort Large shifts possible. Transit travel is very sensitive to waiting conditions. WiFi services Small to moderate shifts. Particularly attractive for longer-distance trips. Improved park & ride services Small to moderate shifts possible. More convenient fare payment Small to moderate. Increases user convenience and boarding speeds. Reduced overall fares Small to moderate shifts. Frequent user fare discounts Moderate to large shifts. Improved prestige Moderate to large shifts. Road and parking pricing, and cash Large potential shifts, particularly on congested urban corridors. out Cisco Confidential Copyright © 2008 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. IBSG - 7
  • Benefit and Financing Analysis Funding Special fares Transit Roadway Developers & Employers Sponsors Source & fees agencies agencies local gov. Justification Direct user Rider benefits and Reduced roadway Increased local Improved Advertising and benefits increased fare traffic problems property values commuting publicity revenues conditions Increase service speed Improve user information Improve vehicle comfort Improved waiting areas WiFi (stations & vehicles) Improved park & ride More convenient payment Targeted fare discounts Improved aesthetics & marketing Road and parking pricing, and cash out Improved service reliability Improved operating efficiency Cisco Confidential Copyright © 2008 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. IBSG - 8
  • Project Schedule Feb 2008: Start of 12 months Connected Bus pilot (CUD conference in SF) Oct 2008: First Customer Feedback and Survey results Oct 2008 – Feb 2009: Development of Connected Fleet Business Case Cisco Confidential Copyright © 2008 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. IBSG - 9