Title

OVERVIEW OF NEW TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT PASSENGERS IN FRENCH TOWNS

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1990

Subject Area

infrastructure - vehicle, planning - signage/information, technology - passenger information, technology - automatic vehicle monitoring, mode - bus, mode - mass transit

Keywords

Videotapes, Vehicle monitoring, Transit, Public transit, Passenger information systems, Motor coaches, Mass transit, Local transit, France, Electronic control, Buses, AVM, Automatic vehicle monitoring

Abstract

The recent development of dynamic information systems for public transport passengers in numerous French towns and cities is based on two major technological innovations: videotex, which is in more widespread public use in France than anywhere else; and electronic control of bus fleets (AVM). This article gives a first brief survey of this development. It describes the main dynamic information systems in use, what is involved and how these systems are integrated into the public urban transport service, reports on the first comments on public use, and finally mentions a few economic considerations on the basis of current experience. Videotex services provided by local authorities and transport companies have only partly found their domestic users, in spite of constant ergonomic improvements and the inclusion of transport information with news of urban activities (e.g. trade and leisure). Systems to help people waiting at stops, in spite of the relatively high investment cost (inevitable for an innovation), are successful as regards both image and use, which is reassuring for managements. The integration of transport networks in urban life demands the development of custom-made multiservice systems.