YRT Partners with INIT for TFT Multi-Media Displays with Real-Time Passenger Info

Chesapeake/Richmond Hill, June 2018

The Regional Municipality of York (YRT) has selected INIT Innovations in Transportation, Inc. for the implementation of in-vehicle multi-media TFT passenger information displays (PIDvisio) with real-time passenger information. The displays will be installed on 88 buses in YRT’s existing fleet, and on more than 80 new buses to be added over the next three years. INIT’s PIDvisio is designed to allow passengers to view next stop information, as well as transfers at their next stop (TRANSFERinfo) and ticker-texts. 

TRANSFERinfo determines the potential transfer possibilities at the next stop, based on the estimated time of departure, the distance from the stop and the stops that YRT wants to display.  The system then displays these transfer possibilities for the upcoming stop, along with the estimated departure time, so passengers know all their options and how much time they have to get to the transfer location.  In addition to providing greater convenience to passengers, it will also relieve YRT drivers from having to provide this information to customers while driving.

YRT will also be able to disseminate Rider Alerts and Service Changes to their passengers with the “ticker text” functionality.  This is not a traditional single scrolling line of text, but a full page that’s easy to read.  YRT users will be able to update information as required and have it sent to the vehicles real-time over cellular. 

The roll out of the multi-media displays will begin in 2018.

Since 2005, the Regional Municipality of York has made efforts to establish one of the most modern public transit systems in Canada. From the very beginning, INIT has been involved in these efforts and has successfully installed its Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) on the entire conventional and “VIVA” Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system currently operating in the Region.

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.


Julie Allison

Director Sales Engineering