Vail rolls out new tech for bus system

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Vail is set to add more electric buses to its transit fleet.
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Vail’s free bus system is unveiling new technology intended to help people get around town more easily. The town also continues to add electric-powered buses to the town’s fleet.

The new website, Ride.Vailgov.com, has both mobile and desktop versions. The system is intended to improve bus operations and get information out to passengers.

Chris Southwick, the town’s mobility innovation coordinator, said the system includes automated audible announcements on buses about upcoming stops, as well as public service announcements about mask requirements and schedules.



Each bus has two video monitors, and there’s free public Wi-Fi service.

Buses now have automated passenger counters. Those waiting at bus stops can see how crowded a particular bus is, and when the next lift is coming.



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