TriMet’s verbose peoplemovers

This is slightly old news, for those of you who read the same Portland-centric transportation blogs that I do, but TriMet is giving the buses voices! You read that right – not only will the buses announce their eventual destinations to riders at the stop on an external speaker, but they’re equipping the buses to do the same for major stops inside the buses, much like the MAX and Streetcar do per stop already. The lines taking on the system (powered mostly by GPS) are few for now, but so far I’ve heard the announcements on the 20 and the 75 (per the major stops). As I took my first ride on the 75 yesterday, and as I was preoccupied by my cat being freaked out (it was her first bus ride, full stop, and to the vet, no less), the announcement for the Powell stop, so clearly stated, was incredibly helpful. I know that some drivers speak the stops into their wee microphones as they are approaching, but in my near-year of bus riding here, I’ve only been able to actually hear one of these drivers – and I have excellent hearing. Thanks, TriMet, for improving upon our awesome public transit system! They’re not always on time, but at least I now know where we’re going on the bus.

2 Comments so far

  1. ingrid on April 29th, 2008 @ 11:43 pm

    Totally with you on this–I was wondering when the topic would come up on Metblogs. What’s even more exciting is the LED banners on the inside of the buses to announce the major stops; when I can’t hear the bus drivers, it’s nice to know I can read it. Of all the failures of LA Metro transit, the one thing I missed was the fact that every bus stop was announced on the banner display inside the bus. So far only one bus in Portland I’ve taken has actually had the banners operational, but it’s nice to know that they’re coming into effect.

  2. spoken on May 3rd, 2008 @ 3:36 pm

    I think I was riding next to you on the bus that day – at least if it was just before Hollywood TC. If so, cute kitten! :)

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