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Six Ontario municipalities to save $2.3m with Metrolinx

Staff writer |
Metrolinx’s Transit Procurement Initiative (TPI) Program, on behalf of six Ontario municipalities, has facilitated the purchase of an Intelligent Transportation System-Automated Vehicles Location Solution (ITS-AVL) to be installed on 127 transit buses.

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The ITS-AVL technology represents a standardized and sustainable solution that will help participating municipalities meet the 2017 automated announcement requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), while improving overall operating efficiencies.

The ITS-AVL solution will allow passengers on buses and at bus stops to receive both audio and visual stop announcements.

The six participating municipalities are Temiskaming Shores, Kawartha Lakes, Orillia, Milton, Sarnia and Kingston. These municipalities are expected to save in total approximately $2.3 million over the five-year term of this project.

In addition to meeting AODA requirements, this contract will allow participating transit agencies, subject to local approval, to implement additional ITS subsystems, such as Data Management, Regulation, Passenger Information, Data Analysis and Passenger Counting.

Each transit agency will have the option to select the types of subsystems needed based on their individual needs.

The ITS/AVL technology will be supplied by Consat Canada which will provide all necessary equipment and support local installations in buses.

Also, Consat Canada will arrange for testing, training, repairs and technical support to ensure proper, timely and satisfactory completion of the implementation of the subsystems.

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