The Avail system also comes with a public information component that provides a Web module showing current bus location and estimated departures for every stop in the system. This same module provides an “xml” feed pushing scheduled and estimated departures to wayside signage at three of the most popular stops in our system. This same feed provides information for both our mobile iPhone and Android applications and is provided upon request for development beyond CATA’s offering. This open data approach has led to the development of an additional Android application, the inclusion of our data in the popular OneSchool applications and a generic mobile-friendly website.
In the near future, CATA will be providing its riders with trip planning through Google Transit, additional wayside signage deployment and continued support for third-party mobile application development. And in the Operations Department, the next deployment will be on-board surveillance systems with the capability of real-time video streaming to our dispatch office.