MN: Metro Transit Getting Automated Stop Announcements

Metro Transit will begin rolling out new automated audio and digital announcements featuring information about routes and destinations this month, helping hearing and visually impaired riders.

Metro Transit is searching for a vendor to provide the announcements, but expects to reach an agreement soon, a spokesman said.

Inside the bus, a female voice will inform riders when the bus is approaching a stop, one of 200 landmarks and key transfer points for riders who need to catch other buses. Digital messages with the same information will scroll across a screen at the front of the bus, said Jason Podany, automated bus announcement project manager.

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