German firm INIT will build an integrated telematics system for the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) in the US by mid-2012.

The company will provide an advanced ITS system including the intermodal transport control system Mobile-ITCS, on-board computers, mobile data terminals and an automatic passenger counting system.

The contract includes a digital mobile radio system, which the company will build along with GE Transportation to support TriMet’s fixed-route bus operations.

Nearly 660 of TriMet’s fixed route vehicles will be equipped with the complete system and another 350 paratransits as well as 117 light rail vehicles will be installed with mobile radios.

An additional 144 non-revenue vehicles will be equipped with portable radios and eight control vehicles are equipped with mobile MRP systems.

The system is expected to optimise TriMet’s internal operating processes and increase its efficiency of multimodal transport as well as assist passengers with real-time passenger information.