ITS, as the name implies, is an Integrated Transportation System designed to guide both the thousands of tourists who travel through Miami daily and its residents who use public transportation.
We believe that further simplifying and adding low-cost real-time data on arrival times at each bus stop will encourage the use of bus transport and help reduce the amount of private cars, rented cars, UBERs and taxis at least in the most crowded.
This system would be placed at each bus stop and will have an LED screen, a Bluetooth beacon transmitter or a short-range Wi-Fi network so that each user can also receive the same information from their Smartphone from the ITS and be connected or messaged via SMS while they wait. Optionally it could have USB ports. Location data is reported by each bus that already has GPS reporting enabled.
In addition display can be solar powered and will be attached to a structure that can be identified at a distance because at the top it will have a light that will distinguish it from the rest of the street structures found in the city. Because buses are critical in hurricane and evacuations, Miami-Dade can utilize these displays for evacuation to better communicate transport messages and upcoming shelter pickup bus data. This may also help our City secure state or federal funding beyond pilot phase as this is a budgeted opportunity to deploy at no or even lower cost with help of state and potential Federal funding subsidies.