Golden Gate Bridge area upgrades transport communications

GE Transportation will provide an advanced communications and information system (ACIS) to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, based in San Francisco, California. The contract is worth $15.5 million.

The ACIS is designed to improve communications for the District’s three operating divisions: Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Ferry and Golden Gate Transit, supporting improvements for security, safety and operational reliability.

It will include many new and upgraded services, including a public safety radio communications component, automatic vehicle location, transit fleet mobile data, computer-aided bus dispatch systems and real-time announcement and information systems for riders.

Intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies will also be provided to improve on-time tracking and performance of bus services and to deliver real-time schedule information via the Internet and at passenger vehicle stops.
Implementation is scheduled to last two years and will be integrated with the existing systems and information network infrastructure within the District.

The ACIS will use a digital trunked radio system provided by EADS Secure Networks North America, to enhance communications interoperability between the District’s three operating divisions, coordinating agencies and external public safety entities.

Evren Eryurek, general manager GE Transportation Global Rail Operations, commented: “The District’s vision in implementing this type of system will become a benchmark as it advances the boundaries for intelligent transportation systems.”

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