50 percent reduction in unsafe and uneconomical driving at York Region Transit (YRT)
November, 2018 The Canadian Urban Transit Assocation (CUTA) awarded INIT Innovations in Transportation, Inc. the 2018 Corporate Award for Safety and Security under the Climate Adaptation Strategy category. INIT was honored at CUTA’s Fall Conference & Transit Show in Toronto, ON for the delivery of their driver safety software application suite to York Region Transit (YRT). The application entails an end-to-end solution that improves inefficiencies of vehicle usage like harsh braking, rapid acceleration, speeding, abrupt turning and idling.
YRT’s driver support program began in 2017 with the development, testing and roll out of INIT’s vehicle health and driver support system on all new YRT vehicles. Upon initial introduction to the garages in December 2017, there was an average 50% reduction in unsafe and uneconomical vehicle use. Similarly, a reduction of total idling time while on service declined.
YRT aims to further reduce exhaust emissions by restricting buses to a maximum idling time of three minutes. YRT has realized additional benefits including reduced fuel consumption, maintenance costs and noise impacts.
INIT account manager, Julie Allision, and YRT Manager, Transit Management Systems, Igor Zaslavsky were honored to receive the award on behalf of INIT.
About YRT The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices.