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What are the benefits of counting passengers?

What else can you gain from your APC system?

APC DATA IS CRUCIAL

Automatic people counting (APC) data is crucial. APC data gives loads and loads of information to drive the scheduling process. It gives you an insight into traffic movement:

  • APC improves planning and scheduling:
  • Monitor trends in usage and ridership.
  • Reallocate resources to fit actual demand.
  • Measure your agency’s success with reliable ridership figures.
  • Know where to add or eliminate service.
  • Get a picture of your ridership - every single day.
  • Automate NTD reporting.
  • APC offers several benefits over manual checking:
  • Analyse data at finer levels.
  • Improve the timeliness of your data.

AS A VERY SMALL AGENCY, CAN WE AFFORD AN APC SYSTEM?

The agency's size does not matter. APC works well with smaller properties because they do not usually have the scheduling and processing resources to make the most of manual count data. Infodev's APC system, once installed, requires no human intervention. Data is collected, transferred and processed automatically.

For example, a 20 - 30 bus property should equip about 20% of their fleet, while a larger transit authority - 800 to 1000 vehicles - would gain valid data with only 10% of their vehicles being APC-equipped.

Another advantage small properties have with Infodev is our competitive prices. In fact, the cost of obtaining an APC system may be offset by grants from government organizations such as the FTA.

MAKE NTD REPORTING EASIER

APC systems make your life a lot easier when it comes to section 15 reporting. This is a labour-intensive task with many tricky computations. Your APC system will allow for a complete automation of this reporting that, once certified, won't need to be certified again.

WHAT ABOUT AUTOMATIC VEHICLE LOCALIZATION?

AVL provides real-time stop and route identification and tracking, next stop announcement, and arrival and departure times. Our data analysis tools give you a clearer vision:

  • Record information for schedule performance analysis and slow traffic zone identification.
  • Analyse running time and provide the data needed to rework schedules and perform traffic analysis.
  • Learn important information about your system's stops:
    • How many riders use the stops?
    • How often are the stops used?
    • Should a stop be eliminated?
    • Should a stop receive amenities?