US-based IT company Affiliated Computer Services has won a contract with California’s San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) in the US to install a predictive bus arrival and departure system (PADS) at key terminals.

The system will provide real-time bus arrival and departure information to passengers via the internet, telephone systems as well as on dynamic message signs by using GPS data taken from SamTrans buses.

The system will deliver the information to message signs at the Daly City, Millbrae and Colma Bay Area Rapid Transit Stations as well as the Redwood City and Palo Alto Caltrain Stations.

The PADS system will be integrated into the San Francisco Bay Area 511 traveller information system, which will transmit travel information to passengers from their home, business or mobile phone.