Date

2010

Degree Name

BS in Computer Engineering

Department

Computer Engineering Department

Advisor(s)

David Braun

Abstract

As gas prices continue to rise and people become more aware of their carbon footprint, public transportation becomes more economically, environmentally, and sustainably viable. Currently, bus route timetables are available inside buses and at the transit center, but many users have little knowledge of how to read them. Therefore, to entice more people into using public transportation, we must make riding the buses less of a hassle for users. The Efficient Deployment of Advanced Public Transportation Systems (EDAPTS) system attempts to accomplish this. Building upon a web application designed by Jeff Tikkanen, a former Cal Poly student, that places bus information online, the bus routes were updated to incorporate new stops and to incorporate changes to the paths the buses travel. The current system proves useful for users with internet enabled smart phones, but for the rest of the users, the system does not meet their needs while they wait at bus stops for the arrival of a particular bus. The addition of a text messaging system was incorporated into the system to allow any user with a text messaging capable phone to retrieve a bus’ current status information, thereby ensuring easier access to the information. This enables the majority of Cal Poly students to have easy access to the status of buses without the need for calling the transit center to inquire of a bus’ location.

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