…an innovative, modern bus system, owned by the public of the East Bay. Its family tree dates back to 1869â€¦the year America’s two coasts were joined by the transcontinental railroad with the driving of the golden spike. In the same year, 1869, the Suez Canal opened, linking the Mediterranean with the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. That’s the year when AC Transit’s first predecessor began carrying passengers from the Jack London Waterfront into burgeoning Oakland in a horse-drawn rail car.
[ UPDATED May 8th, 2006 after speaking to ACTransit ]
- 25 routes – 13 new, 12 existing
- 100 signs – 54 new, 46 existing
- 199 vehicles tracked – 125 new, 74 existing
- 7 years of warrantee on equipment and services
Authorize the General Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with NextBus, Inc., for real time bus arrival information on two BRT/Rapid lines and at two BART/AC Transit Centers, for a capital investment including a seven-year warrantee, in the amount of $1,031, 079.
Sounds like a much better deal than 14 signs, our
small smaller (83) fleet, at a cost of $949,025.
There’s an interesting breakout of costs in the contract.
One item that caught my attention, $201,600 for airtime. Nearly 1/5th of the contracted cost goes to communication, an expensive element that distinguishes this proprietary technology from the standards-based, dual-use WiFi/WiMax-based alternatives.
Having completed their missions, I petition the Council that we thank all existing and former committee members for their dedication and public service, and that we now conclude the service of the Technology and Horace Williams Citizens Committees, effective June 30, 2006.
Since yesterday’s 8 to 1 vote to dissolve the Horace-Williams Citizens’ Committee , I’ve heard from 7 HWCC members expressing from mild to strong dissent with the decision.
The common theme? More work to be done.
More on OrangePolitics.