Capital Area Rural Transportation System
Solar-Powered Flag Stops to Improve Regional Access
Plans are afoot to afford CARTS customers improved regional access with predictable city-to-city travel that incorporates CARTS-designed ITS flag-stop facilities in between towns, and in small towns at which an intermodal facility is not yet built or not warranted.
These flag-stops will use the CARTS automatic vehicle location system to both alert the bus of passengers waiting and inform the customer when the bus will arrive. The design of a prototype is planned under this project.
This prototype CARTS flag-stop facility design would be developed to test the feasibility of the ITS features of the service, and to serve as the basis for a standard design for additional facilities that will be incorporated into the modified CARTS regional route structure. Various sizes and configurations of this type of facility would be designed to enable CARTS to have a flexible solution to Inter-City Bus service in smaller towns.
CARTS filed a proposal to TxDOT on January 15th to begin the first two routes as early as June 2008.