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The Every Day Way to introduce Smart Bus equipment

Last month, ETS began testing some of the equipment included in the Smart Bus program scheduled to start in April this year.

Two buses operating in regular service have Mobile Data Terminals (MDT) and scrolling LED displays installed to help finalize their locations on the bus and to begin testing their operating systems.

The MDT is located by the operator near the fare box for position only; it is not currently operating.

The LED display replaces the existing ‘Stop Requested’ sign near the front of the bus. The current date and time scrolls across the display until a customer requests a stop. When that happens, ‘Stop Requested’ scrolls across the display and the system voices a one time ‘Stop Requested’ announcement. Once the bus doors have opened and closed, the current date and time return to the display.

ETS Tests CNG Buses

Two Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses will be going into regular service in late January as ETS and City of Edmonton Fleet Services begin a two year pilot program to test the fuel technology operation in cold weather.

From a customer perspective the buses will basically look the same as those already on the road. However, the CNG buses will have a shroud on the top containing the fuel tanks and look similar to a hybrid bus.

Source: http://www.edmonton.ca/transportation/ets/transit-news.aspx (January 2013 issue)

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Any idea what kind of buses will be used? Looks like ETS and Calgary Transit will be testing CNG buses at the same time, interesting to see what the results will be.....better yet which one will burn to the ground first!!

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Any idea what kind of buses will be used? Looks like ETS and Calgary Transit will be testing CNG buses at the same time, interesting to see what the results will be.....better yet which one will burn to the ground first!!

If I get the job, maybe Ill drive one

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The MDT is located by the operator near the fare box for position only; it is not currently operating.

The LED display replaces the existing ‘Stop Requested’ sign near the front of the bus. The current date and time scrolls across the display until a customer requests a stop. When that happens, ‘Stop Requested’ scrolls across the display and the system voices a one time ‘Stop Requested’ announcement.

Is this going to be something like T-Mac and Crystal that CMBC has ?

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