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22/10/2020
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TMaaS for Durán: Optimising bus schedules and networks

Different time zones, different cultures, different languages – nothing that TMaaS can’t cope with. Our modules are a useful tool for small and medium-sized cities around the world, regardless of their traffic configuration. This also applies to cities that are not located in a European context. The participation of the Ecuadorian city of Durán in the Replicator City Programme is the living proof thereof.

Durán is a city that has its own mobility problems like any other in the world. No data are available on the number of cars on the roads, traffic congestion, etc. Parking is free everywhere and there are no underground parking garages. The concept of park & ​​ride does not exist, the intracantonal public transport service is provided by two operators that are regulated by the EMOT DURÁN and the concept of bicycles and shared cars is applied by few citizens. And yet the city decided to join the Replicator City Programme.

Cable car

“One of the key elements in the TMaaS module for Durán is the real-time position of the public buses,” explained Carlos Tite, a qualified engineer and analyst at the Dirección de Tránsito, Transporte Terrestre y Movilidad. “The module that TMaaS is developing for Durán works with a map that shows real-time data using dots. The input comes from the GPS trackers with which the buses are equipped. This visualisation provides the city with a better overall picture of how to optimise the local bus networks. Most importantly, passengers can check this information on a web page to know the progress of the buses and so, when they can expect them to turn up at the bus stop. With TMaaS, EMOT explores the possibilities of how the service for customers can still be improved. Especially, with the new “aerovia” cable car, which will link the cities of Guayaquil and Durán over the river Río Guayas, it is the ambition of Durán to inform passengers of the cable car about the arrival time of the buses, for instance, by installing ‘smart’ information panels at the cable car station.”

 

We want to improve the reach, safety and customer-friendliness of our public transport systems

Carlos Tite, Dirección de Tránsito, Transporte Terrestre y Movilidad

Smarter city

The integration of the TMaaS solution is part of a global vision. Carlos Tite: “We want to improve the reach, safety and customer-friendliness of our public transport systems. We have significantly expanded the range of buses available for instance. The TMaaS dashboard is one of the concepts we want to implement to achieve this improved mobility and to provide better information. But TMaaS also fits in perfectly with our objective to become a smarter city, one that focuses on innovation and making good use of data.”

Learning process

Apart from the product itself, this joint venture between TMaaS and EMOT DURAN has provided a number of other insights. Carlos Tite: “We have learned a lot in terms of planning and data usage. Data migration for example was particularly challenging for us. The key issue that arose was – How can we transfer the GPS data from the buses to the software system that is needed for presenting the relevant information in real time? We succeeded in the end, but not without a considerable amount of effort.”

 

Urban Innovative Actions

This project is co-financed by the European Regional and Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.

Urban Innovative Actions is an Initiative of the European Union that provides urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges.

Based on article 8 of ERDF, the Initiative has a total ERDF budget of EUR 372 million for 2014-2020.