Transportation

AC Transit offers real-time onboard crowding information to fight COVID

AC Transit
Mark Prado

The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) continues its reNEW Plan commitment – developing technologies to safeguard against the risk of COVID-19 transmission – by launching the ACT RealTime Rider Capacity Feature, exclusively on Tempo Line 1T.

The Rider Capacity Feature offers live and real-time onboard crowding information 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and is being introduced in beta mode.

The automated passenger counter (APC) sensors, embedded on each door of all 27 Tempo buses, power the Rider Capacity Feature. The APC sensors are digitally linked to our trusted ACT RealTime technology – our transit district’s GPS tracking of each bus and refreshed every 15 seconds – which processes and transmits data each time a rider boards or exits the Tempo coach.

Tempo’s onboard rider count is then digitally sent to the AC Transit website and third-party partners Transit App, Google, 511, and Moovit. The data can then be accessed by riders via actransit.org.