TriMet is replacing its Bus Dispatch System (BDS) to comply with Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regulations. As part of the upgrade, TriMet has the option to install on-board transfer printers. These printers would replace the current paper transfer system and eliminate the need for punches. We want know what bus operators think of this option.
Would it make issuing transfers easier?
Would it be simpler for customers?
See Max comments-employees can fill out survey in express line area of Trinet
Are there any other issues that should be considered?
There’s a demonstration of the transfer printer on display in the Center St report area. You can check it out during spring sign up through January 26. Try it out and tell us what you think by completing a survey.
In 2012, new CAD/AVL equipment, including a replacement for the VCH, will be installed on all TriMet buses to replace our outdated BDS system.
One upgrade option that TriMet is considering is a transfer printer, to replace the current cutter bar-metal punch-newsprint transfer system.
Here’s what this option would involve:
• Installing a transfer printer—a device about the size of two bricks stacked together— on each bus, in addition to the device that replaces the VCH.
• The operator pushes a button on the screen; a transfer with the correct expiration time prints out.
• Transfer paper and print quality are similar to tickets from newer ticket vending machines.
• Each roll of paper lasts for 300-500 tickets.
• Instead of punching and tearing transfers throughout the day, the operator changes the paper about once a day on Frequent Service lines, and less often on other lines.
The CAD/AVL team wants to know what bus operators think of the transfer printer option. A demo unit is on display during spring signup (Jan. 17-26) in the Center report area.