LANCASTER– The Antelope Valley Transit Authority recently finalized the installation of digital LED signs that display up-to-the-minute bus departure information at both transportation centers in Lancaster and Palmdale, AVTA officials announced Thursday.
The digital signs are the latest component in the transit agency’s Track-It Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), which was launched in January to provide 24-hour access to current bus departure information via computer or smartphone.
AVTA officials say the Track-It system is being successfully used by many customers, and the digital signs will further enhance the convenience of having real-time bus information at customers’ fingertips.
“In transit, it’s all about knowing that the bus is on schedule, and that it’s going to get you where you need to go,” stated AVTA Board Chair Marvin Crist. “The digital signs are another tool that gives customers peace of mind that the bus is on its way.”
Customers at Lancaster City Park can view bus information on one of four signs mounted to the light poles located in the middle of the transit platform.
At the Palmdale Transportation Center, five digital signs were installed, with one in each bus shelter and one inside the waiting area.
The ever-changing signs display real-time bus departure information for all routes, as well as the current date and time which is synchronized with fleet operations, and a scrolling message line. There is an audio button that, when pressed, will audibly announce the information that is currently displayed on the sign to aid sight impaired customers.
AVTA has been working for nearly two years with Avail Technologies, which designed and implemented the Track-It ITS system. The signs were manufactured by Sunrise Systems, Inc. The installation of the digital signs is one of the final phases of the ITS project.
AVTA provides local, commuter and dial-a-ride service to residents in the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale as well as the unincorporated portions of northern Los Angeles County.
[Information via news release from the Antelope Valley Transit Authority.]