Making the Connection: Transit Turns to Real-Time Tech

Technology partnerships are helping transit riders in California make their connections across various transportation modes.

At the heart of these improvements is the ability to track transit vehicles in real time, allowing various providers to sync up with trains, buses or other transit systems.

On-demand vehicle and transportation platform The Routing Company (TRC) has partnered with Swiftly, a transportation data and analytics company, to improve connections for users of the FAST Connect service in Fairfield, Calif., as well as the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), which serves cities north of San Francisco…

Both the FAST system and SMART in Sonoma County are “a great example of connecting people to either fixed routes, or to a train that takes people where they want to go with a first-mile and last-mile connection,” said Cox.

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