The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) on Thursday unveiled the first of several big screens that aggregate, in one display, the arrival times for bus, light rail, foot ferries, plus the real-time availability of nearby Pronto bikes and Car2Go.
The lobby of the Seattle Municipal Tower, where 5,500 employees work, is the first to have a TransitScreen. The Washington, D.C.-based company will be paid $39,000 in a public-private partnership with the city to cover the first year of software and maintenance for screens for 11 buildings. The city’s cost share would increase later.
Soon the screens will arrive at the Bank of America tower on Fifth Avenue, and Seattle Children’s. Scott Kubly, Seattle’s transportation director, said he expects more than 20 screens around the city by the end of 2015.
“It really provides all the information that you need to travel without a car in this part of the city,” Kubly said.
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A dozen North American cities have these displays, including San Francisco, Boston, New York, Chicago and Toronto, said Ryan Croft, co-founder of TransitScreen.
Already, bus-arrival times are posted by King County Metro in shop windows and new kiosks along Third Avenue, as well as the popular One Bus Away app.
The information on TransitScreen is supplied directly by transit and vehicle providers. So it can turn stale if a bus is blocked by traffic, or when somebody walks to the nearest Car2Go, and someone else just drove it away.
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