Cost

Bus tracking capability was added to the Metro Online Web site as part of the Seattle Metropolitan Model Deployment Initiative at a cost of $333,000.

From the Seattle MMDI Evaluation Report: Appendix A.1 King County BusView Web Applet


30 May 2000
Seattle,Washington,United States


Summary Information

BusView is a component of Metro Online, a King County, Washington transit website that shows real-time bus location on a map for selected bus routes. Bus location data is provided by the King County Metro Transit AVL system. The website allows riders to track bus progress at their home or office computer and helps riders determine whether their bus will arrive on time.

The website was developed by the University of Washington at a cost of just over $333,000. Annual O&M costs are $175,552. The following table gives a breakdown of the project costs. Roughly 25% of the capital cost and 25% of the O&M cost were shared with other Seattle Smart Trek MMDI projects.


Equipment Description
Capital Cost (1998)
O&M Cost (1998)
University of Washington - Total Equipment Purchases (Proposed Budget)
$ 8,500
 
University of Washington - Total Supplies & Materials (Proposed Budget)
$ 2,300
 
UW University of Washington - Development Labor
$ 221,016
 
King County Engineering & Management Support
$ 16,000
 
Operations Labor (1 UW FTE's)
 
$ 131,250
14% Share of 3 Pentium Workstations & Associated Equipment
$ 3,393
 
14% Share of Labor (including indirect costs and benefits)
$ 78,324
 
14% Share of Other Direct Costs
$ 3,585
 
14% Share of Hardware & Supplies (replaced every 2 years)
 
$ 1,696
14% Share of Fiber Link & Other Contractual Services  
 
$ 2,428
14% Share of Operations Labor (3 UW FTEs)
 
$ 40,178
Total
$ 333,118
$ 175,552

The cost estimate included 14% of the ITS Information backbone costs since the system was designed to interface or exchange information with the ITS Backbone.


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Source

Seattle Metropolitan Model Deployment Evaluation Report

Author: Jensen, M., et al. (SAIC, Battelle, Mitretek, and Volpe)

Published By: Federal Highway Administration, U.S. DOT

Prepared by SAIC for the U.S. DOT

Source Date: 30 May 2000

EDL Number: 13071

Other Reference Number: Report No. FHWA-OP-00-019

URL: https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/2943

System Cost

Capital cost: $333,118 (1998).

Annual O&M cost: $175,552 (1998).

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Benefits From This Source

A model determined that incorporating arterial traffic flow data into the traveler information system in Seattle, Washington could decrease the number of stops by 5.6 percent.

A model found that coordinating fixed signal timing plans along congested arterial corridors leading into Seattle, Washington would help reduce the number of expected crashes by 2.5 percent and the frequency of fatal crashes by 1.1 percent.

Modeling indicated that coordinating fixed signal timing plans along congested arterial corridors leading into Seattle, Washington, and incorporating arterial traffic flow data into the traveler information system would reduce vehicle delay by 7 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively.

Simulation results indicated that vehicle emissions could be reduced by two percent if arterial traffic flow data were included in the traveler information system in Seattle, Washington.

Users of the Advanced Traveler Information System in Seattle, Washington were satisfied with the information on freeway and transit conditions provided via Web sites and a Traffic TV service.

Lessons From This Source

Develop long-range plans to ensure the success and continuity of advanced traveler information systems.

Involve the private sector in the implementation of multiple advanced traveler information technologies.

Use an appropriate procurement mechanism to support the implementation of multiple advanced traveler information technologies.

Cost ID: 2003-00026