AC Transit testing sensors that detect rider capacity on buses

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AC Transit has installed sensors on one of its bus lines that can detect rider capacity, with the aim of helping to avoid overcrowding during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Automated passenger counter sensors are currently embedded on each door of all buses serving the Tempo Line 1T in Oakland and San Leandro. Information on bus capacity is then accessible for viewing on the AC Transit or third-party partners Transit App, Google, 511, and Moovit.

Tempo Line 1T is serving as the fleet for the beta launch, but AC Transit’s engineering team aims to evaluate the technology’s scalability across the AC Transit bus fleet.

For more information on Tempo Line 1T and ACT RealTime, visit actransit.org.