The new display boards for the digital passenger information system at selected bus stops in the city of Fürstenfeldbruck were presented by the project participants (from left) on June 5, 2023. City Councillor and Transport Officer Mirko Pötzsch, Martina Drechsler, Deputy Head of Transport District Administrator of the District of Fürstenfeldbruck, Christian Götz, Lord Mayor of the City of Fürstenfeldbruck, Monika Beirer, Deputy Mayor of the City of Fürstenfeldbruck. Head of Public Transport District Office Fürstenfeldbruck, Detlev Metzner, Head of Regional-bus Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund GmbH and Miramontes Montserrat, Traffic Planning and Mobility Management City of Fürstenfeldbruck. © City FFB
The first bus stops in the Fürstenfeldbruck area have been equipped with digital display boards. They provide real-time information on public transport.
Fürstenfeldbruck - "The future of digital local transport has reached another milestone in the Fürstenfeldbruck district," according to a statement from the city: Since mid-February 2023, the first bus stops have been equipped with real-time data via a Dynamic Passenger Information System (DFI) for regional bus transport in the MVV network area, including already in Grafrath or Eichenau. Now the city of Fürstenfeldbruck also offers the passenger service.
Dynamic passenger information (DFI) refers to the electronic transmission of planning and real-time data to inform the passenger in public transport, explains a spokeswoman for the city. This includes not only news about departure times, but also information about delays and possible disruptions. From now on, passengers at selected bus stops in the city of Fürstenfeldbruck will also be informed about the latest information via so-called DFI displays.
Here are the displays
The foundation stone was laid in February 2020 at the meeting of the Committee on the Environment, Transport and Civil Engineering, where it was decided to install DFI display boards at four public transport stops: at the two S-Bahn stations Fürstenfeldbruck and Buchenau, at Hauptplatz and in Schöngeisinger Straße at the level of Viehmarktplatz.
The first scoreboards have a screen size of 32 inches and have already been set up at three of the four locations mentioned. This year, larger display boards (65 inches) will also be installed at the two stations, the spokeswoman explains. The total cost of the eight DFI display boards amounts to around 160,000 euros, with funding of up to 80 percent already promised by the government of Upper Bavaria.
"In order to improve public transport for the citizens and also the external image of Fürstenfeldbruck, it is important from our point of view that a 'Dynamic Passenger Information System' is offered. The real-time information about the departure of buses and trains will noticeably increase the comfort and attractiveness for passengers. We would like to express our sincere thanks to MVV GmbH and the Fürstenfeldbruck District Office for the good cooperation," said Fürstenfeldbruck's Lord Mayor Christian Götz.
In the future, up to nine other cities and municipalities will offer their passengers this service, which was initiated by the district of Fürstenfeldbruck. The Public Transport Unit at the Fürstenfeldbruck District Office supports the municipalities in coordinating, tendering and contracts for the project.
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That's what MVV says
"The Dynamic Passenger Information System brings reliable real-time information to the stops and makes it easier for passengers who (still) rarely use public transport to find their way around, because at a glance you can see when and where 'my' bus is going. Only if passengers can rely on public transport and information is readily available will they switch permanently to public transport. This is a further step on the way to a traffic turnaround," says Detlev Metzner, Head of Regional Bus Transport at MVV GmbH.
Text to speech
The district of Fürstenfeldbruck had already decided in 2018 to participate in the "Dynamic Passenger Information in MVV" project. It is a background system for differently equipped displays with respective arrival and/or departure times for scheduled services (bus, train, on-demand on-demand taxi). The two-senses principle is taken into account with a text-to-speech voice output, a further step towards barrier-free equipment, explains the spokeswoman for the city. Together with the participating municipalities, the district of Fürstenfeldbruck will equip stops and important transfer points with these indicators in regional bus transport. The background system required to control and monitor the plants is operated by MVV, financed by the network districts and funded by the Free State of Bavaria. The measure is expected to be completed by mid-2026.
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