Cubic Transportation Systems Expands Innovative Bus Hardware Subsystem for MTA Bus Time® to Brooklyn and Queens

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Technology allows for real-time bus service updates through an Internet browser-based map, a mobile phone-based application and a text message-based service

Cubic Transportation Systems, a leading integrator of transportation technology and services provider for intelligent travel solutions, has expanded its Bus Hardware Subsystem (BHS) for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Bus TimeTM customer information system to Brooklyn and Queens. The expansion effective March 9 adds more than 9,000 bus stops to Bus Time, bringing the total to more than 15,000 that are covered by the system.

Cubic’s system, used on MTA and New York City Transit buses in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, enables new mobile and Internet services for customers to use Bus Time, the agency’s Customer Information System for bus location and arrival times. Riders can access Bus Time through an internet browser-based map, a mobile phone-based application or a text message-based service. Riders can:

  •     Click it: Visit and enter a route, address, landmark, intersection or bus stop code via a smartphone or computer and receive a detailed map of applicable buses
  •     Text it: Text an intersection or street address to ‘511123’ to receive a local bus route listing
  •     Scan it: Use a smartphone to scan a QR code printed on Guide-A-Ride schedules to view data on buses approaching their stop

The MTA awarded Cubic a contract for nearly $27 million in February 2013 to support deployment across the three boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. MTA Bus Time began serving Staten Island bus routes in January 2012, Bronx routes in November 2012 and Manhattan in October 2013.

MTA Bus Time was implemented on the Staten Island and Bronx bus fleets last year by a different supplier, in keeping with the MTA’s decision to promote an open architecture and multiple supplier approach on the program.

About Cubic Corporation

Cubic® Transportation Systems, Inc., is part of Cubic Corporation. Cubic Corporation is the parent company of three major business segments. Cubic Defense Systems is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems and secure communications systems. Mission Support Services is a leading provider of training, operations, maintenance, technical and other support services for U.S. and allied nations.

Cubic® Transportation Systems, Inc., is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services for intelligent travel solutions. Cubic delivers integrated systems for transportation and traffic management, delivering tools for travelers to choose the smartest and easiest way to travel and pay for their journeys, and enabling transportation authorities and agencies to manage demand across the entire transportation network – all in real-time. Cubic specializes in design, development, manufacture, supply, installation, integration, services and information. Services provided by Cubic include on-site management, central systems, operations support, patron support, business support and field services.

Every year, more than 24 billion transportation payment transactions are processed using Cubic payment and information systems worldwide. Cubic has delivered over 20 regional back office operations which together integrate over 130 transport operators and serve over 38 million people every day in major markets around the world. Active projects include London; Brisbane (Southeast Queensland) region, Australia; New York/New Jersey region; Washington, D.C. /Baltimore/Virginia region; Los Angeles region; San Diego region; San Francisco region; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Chicago; Atlanta region; Miami (South Florida) region; Vancouver and Edmonton, Canada; Sydney (New South Wales), Australia; Germany; and Scandinavia.

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Debra Montner
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Timothy A. Hill
Director of Corporate Communications
Cubic Corporation
PH: 858-505-2430
Cell: 858-232-2927

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