Passio Passenger Counting System to be used for transit starting Aug. 28

August 28, 2017 | UToday
By Madison Vasko

In their efforts to offer students, faculty and staff safer rides and to also collect real-time data, a new passenger counting system will be installed on UT buses.

The Scott Park shuttle bus counter was implemented Sunday, Aug. 27, with all other fixed routes to be implemented Monday, Aug. 28.

This means bus riders will be required to swipe their Rocket ID to board the bus.

The Passio passenger counting system will allow Transit Services to track who is riding and when across UT campuses. This will provide data on how to better plan or adjust transit routes on campus to support the needs of riders.

“We will be able to make sure those who are getting on the bus are valid students, faculty or staff, which will make for a safer ride. The tracking will give us more detailed reports on who is riding and where,” said Diana Watts, Transit Services and Rocket Wheels bike share coordinator.

“This is a brand-new system, so there will be some learning involved on both sides with drivers learning how to operate the system properly, and the passengers getting acclimated to the new swipe system,” she added. “We ask the UT community to have patience and understanding as we get accustomed to the new system.”

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