Siemens and Trapeze Group Team up to Improve San Antonio, TX Bus System Travel Times

  Siemens and Trapeze Group Team up to Improve San Antonio, TX Bus System
  Travel Times

   City-wide transit project to manage bus fleet traffic is first software
                  solution of its kind in the United States

Business Wire

SAN ANTONIO -- December 19, 2012

Siemens Road and City Mobility business has worked together with Trapeze Group
to create a GPS-based bus rapid transit system that keeps San Antonio’s new
VIA Primo bus fleet on-schedule with minimal impact on individual traffic
flow. The new transit signal priority (TSP) solution is the first of its kind
to use a “virtual” GPS-based detection zone for transit vehicle traffic
management without the need of physical detector equipment at the
intersection. This solution allows the VIA Primo fleet’s on-board computer to
automatically request a green light when the bus is behind schedule and
approaching a busy intersection, improving travel times and getting riders to
their destinations faster.

San Antonio’s VIA Metropolitan Transit identified the need for a new bus rapid
transit (BRT) system called VIA Primo, but wanted to avoid adding new hardware
on the street that would require construction delays and increased costs. The
“virtual” detection zones are installed digitally on city traffic servers,
unlike most BRT systems that use physical detector equipment hardwired to
traffic controllers. The zones can be easily adjusted in response to changes
in traffic flow due to special events or construction. The flexibility also
means VIA and the city can add BRT lines around the region by simply creating
a new route and configuring the new detection zones accordingly. This custom
solution can be easily implemented in other cities across the United States.

“This solution allows riders to get to their destination on time, and it will
ultimately encourage more usage of the bus system as reliability improves,
reducing congestion and greenhouse emissions as people switch from car to bus
travel,” said Frank LoPresti, vice president of Siemens Road and City Mobility
business. “This solution can be implemented in any U.S. city and is a perfect
example of how our new technology improves the quality of life of riders while
avoiding expensive construction and traffic delays associated with
installation. Siemens is excited to work with San Antonio to offer such
innovative infrastructure improvements.”

The intelligent transportation system operates through Siemens NextConnect
software and Trapeze Group’s currently installed GPS system. When a bus is in
a virtual detection zone, the transit system sends a signal priority request
to the Siemens i2 traffic management system. The request is relayed to the
intersection traffic controller which requests the traffic system to provide a
green light for the approaching transit vehicle.

“VIA has been a valued Trapeze customer for more than 15 years, and they are
an award-winning agency for good reason. Their systems and processes are state
of the art, and their customer-centric focus is to be applauded,” stated John
Hines, president of Trapeze Group. “VIA understands that utilizing an
enterprise solution such as Trapeze for their transit hardware and software
enables them to provide these customer-centric processes and services, from
real time information to advanced scheduling that provides better service and
GPS technologies to know where the bus is at all times. The agency is a
pioneer embracing technology systems and coming up with innovative ways to
utilize Trapeze to the maximum benefit of both the agency and their

The new system is being launched on December 17 through VIA’s new Primo bus
rapid transit system. For more information on the Siemens mobility solutions
in the U.S. please visit and to learn more about
the new VIA Primo bus fleet please visit

About Siemens

Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector, with approximately 87,000 employees
worldwide, offers sustainable technologies for metropolitan areas and their
infrastructures. Its offerings include complete traffic and transportation
systems, intelligent logistics, efficient energy supply, environmentally
compatible building technologies, modernization of theway poweris
transmitted and distributed, and smart consumption of electricity. The sector
is comprised of the Rail Systems, Mobility and Logistics, Low and Medium
Voltage, Smart Grid and Building Technologies Divisions as well as Osram
Sylvania. For more information, visit

The Siemens Mobility and Logistics Division provides solutions to customers to
optimize passenger and freight transport. The division bundles all Siemens
business related to management of traffic, transport and logistics. This
includes railway automation, infrastructure logistics, intelligent traffic and
transport systems, and technologies for developing the infrastructure for
electric mobility. For more information, visit

About Trapeze Group

Trapeze Group delivers solutions that consider the full 360 degrees of
passenger transport. Whether addressing the needs of a single department, an
entire organization, or the community, Trapeze provides some of the most
advanced software, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and mobile
technologies in the industry. Hundreds of government and commercial
organizations across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific have turned to
Trapeze to realize efficiencies, enhance the quality and scope of their
services, and safely transport more people with less cost. Visit


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