Maryland Launches High-Tech Program to Boost Mass Transit

May 01, 2004

Photo of the interior of a bus.

Riding the bus will be easier, thanks to the NEXT system in Maryland.
Credit: Kevin Chandler

Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. announced in early February that the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) plans to use a new high-technology computer system that will make taking the bus more convenient for customers. By the end of 2006, the MTA plans to install digital signs at 200 of the region's busiest bus stops that will carry real-time information about when the next bus will arrive at the stop. Called the NEXT system, it uses global positioning satellite systems and wireless technology to monitor the progress of each bus and accurately predict its arrival time. The system will also monitor the performance of bus systems, including the engine and heating and cooling systems. See the governor's February 9 press release.

Source: February 25 edition of EERE Network News.