Never miss your ride again!
One of the perks of living and visiting Summit County, Colorado is the amazing free transportation bus system that services the towns and ski villages of Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain. Sometimes it can be confusing using the free public transportation service, but hopefully not for long!
Summit Stage is looking to introduce their new “smart bus” system by the fall of 2015, which will allow users to track bus locations, routes and times using a smart phone application created by Indianapolis-based contractor Double Map.
Summit County Transportation figures about half (if not more) of the people using the free ride system throughout the year are visitors unfamiliar with the area – making it harder to know where to catch a bus or get dropped off in the correct location. Hopefully, this app will fix some of these problems.
June 2015 marks the first phase of the new $430,000 project which will be installed in two phases. The first phase starting this summer will focus on the mobile app technology that will track the number of passengers using the transit system, the capacity levels and the status of each bus. Users will be able to set alerts for bus delays, five minute reminders before the bus arrives and save route information making it all personalized.
The second phase of the project will take place next spring from January to March 2016. During this phase, electronic signs that announce the next stop will be placed in each bus along with the use of electronic signs at stations with route information. A tablet feature will also be included during this phase. Summit County Transportation figures the annual maintenance cost will be about $50,000.
Starting with a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation for Summit Stage to install a passenger counting system, this project has been in the works for the past year. The $60,000 grant will cover part of the passenger counting technology, but the rest will be covered by county funds.
Summit Stage is also in the process of planning for future upgrades to the Frisco transfer center after receiving a grant from CDOT. Part of the initial plans are to look at ways in which to improve traffic flow while connecting the site to bike paths, sidewalks and surrounding retail spaces.
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