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Public transportation operations are getting smart by incorporating GPS Tracking into their systems. One of the latest is Caltrain in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California. Caltrain is implementing GPS Tracking for one purpose: to closely monitor train movements and locations so that riders know exactly where trains are located in relation to their position and (more importantly) when they will arrive.
Another way of alerting riders to train schedules happens via Twitter updates. While these updates are helpful, they require riders to have cell phones with Internet access to receive the communications.
GPS Tracking systems like the one being installed for Caltrain do not discriminate in this way. Electronic signs posted at each stop convey the information to riders. What airports have been doing for years now comes to common public transportation users.
Other uses for these GPS Tracking systems include close monitoring of maintenance schedules. This allows managers to make sure that scheduled maintenance stops are performed within the time allocation set up in pre-determined intervals. This helps make sure that these large vehicles are in the best possible condition that they can be when in service which, in turn, can cut down on failures which can lead to accidents.
One reason for the installation of this system is that competition from buses has forced Caltrain to make the improvement in service which helps keep them in the running for being the best way to travel in the Bay Area.
The other issue that this addresses is the concerns by those who use the train, but because of schedules and delays, are late to work, classes and other appointments.
Score another win for GPS Tracking systems as they continue to make huge inroads into improving service and reliability. Today’s public transportation users demand better schedules and information in order to keep their own schedules and be able to take advantage of a greener travel alternative. It appears that all systems are ‘go.’
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