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Trapeze signs ITS contract with Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority

Canadian software and services company Constellation Software Inc has announced that its subsidiary, Trapeze ITS, has signed a significant contract with Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) for provision of a comprehensive intelligent transportation system (ITS). DART is the largest public transit agency in Iowa, serving 19 cities in and around Polk County. The authority’s fleet of 90 buses travels over 24,140km (15,000 miles) daily throughout the Des Moines area, connecting shopping malls, major business districts, residential areas, and schools. In addition to this bus service, DART offers a Rideshare program, which helps commuters locate other people to share rides in carpools and vanpools. The vanpool program has a fleet of full-size passenger vans and minivans, which are used by groups of 5 to 15 commuters for trips to and from work. Nearly 100 vanpools are now on the road.

Trapeze will provide DART with technology that includes its TransitMaster IDS product, a next-generation computer-aided dispatch and automatic vehicle location (CAD/AVL) system that provides intelligent decision support and will enable DART to manage its operations in a proactive manner. The CAD/AVL system also provides real-time vehicle location information, making it possible to provide accurate ‘live’ information to travelers through DART’s website and interactive voice response system. In addition, buses equipped with mobile data terminals will provide real-time voice and data communications between vehicle operators and dispatchers. Select vehicles will also be provided with onboard audio and visual annunciation, automatic passenger counters, and a vehicle-health monitoring system.


 

March 29, 2011

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