Virginia, USA, 22 June 2006: Orbital Sciences Corporation announced on June 22 that its Transportation Management Systems (TMS) division has been awarded a $9.2 million contract by the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) in Tampa, Florida. Under the contract, Orbital TMS will provide its latest Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system, known as OrbCAD XP. This new system is designed to enable HART to manage its fleet of over 300 fixed route, paratransit and support vehicles using real-time satellite-based GPS information.
When the OrbCAD XP system is operational, a variety of tools will be at HART’s disposal to effectively manage its fleet of vehicles. In addition to being able to pinpoint each vehicle’s location and operational status, HART’s managers will be able to monitor route and schedule performance while being able to access the number of passengers that are on board each bus in the system. A key feature will allow paratransit vehicle operators to receive their manifests, or daily schedules, with real-time updates during their shift, leading to improved customer responsiveness.
The fully integrated vehicle equipment suite will simplify driver operations and automate ADA-compliant stop announcements to the public. HART’s dispatchers and bus operators will have the ability to automate the coordination of passenger transfers at any of HART’s four transit centers throughout Tampa.