Caltrain is introducing a system to provide customers with real-time information regarding train departure times.
Locomotives are equipped with Global Positioning Systems. The GPS location, along with the track occupancy from a rail operating control system, will provide an accurate location of trains that will be used to predict when the train will depart from the next scheduled stop.
The departure times will be shown on the existing electronic platform signs and announced on the existing station public address system. The real-time departure information also will be available on the Caltrain website, through a free subscription service providing e-mail alerts and SMS text messages to mobile devices and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's 511 system.
Before the system goes live, it will go through three phases of testing according to the following schedule.
|July 9 - 13, 2012||PHASE I - 10am to 3pm - VMS and PA test.|
|July 30 - Aug. 20, 2012||PHASE II - 10am to 3pm - Prediction test.|
|Nov 2012 - May 2013||PHASE II - Field test.|
|June 2013||PHASE III - 24/7 - Acceptance test. (tentative)|
The testing schedule may be adjusted depending on results.
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5/15/13 - rjc