MTA (Baltimore) Smart Bus

MTA has begun implementation of an Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system that provides bus status information to the public while simultaneously improving bus schedule adherence and labor productivity. Fifty buses have been equipped with LORAN-C receivers and 800 mhz radios. The buses' location is determined by the receiver and the information is transmitted to a central dispatch center. Off-schedule buses are identified so corrective action can be taken. The system will be expanded to include all 900 Baltimore transit buses and replace LORAN-C with GPS for location.