This is a picture of the Durham Region Transit's new flag bus. The 30 foot Eldorado National EZ Rider have started to appear, on the Flag Bus routes. It is a welcome site to see the older ELF buses being replaced. I took this photo beside Sears, at the Pickering Town Center.
Take careful note note of the destination sign. Click your mouse on the photo for a larger view. What does the sign say? SPECIAL! Yikes, in this case it should have read Flag 1. Has the driver goofed up? Nope... just the person that was supposed to program the Luninator.
This bus has been programmed with every other route that DRT has. How could someone have missed programming a bus that that is going to be used exclusively on the Flag Bus routes? Luminator problems are not new to DRT. Checkout my fellow blogger David Harrison and his comments.
Programming a Luminator is a simple task and this how it done. The routes are programmed onto computer Luminator software. These proms are then inserted in a Memory Transfer Unit (MTU) and the MTU is plugged into the control console. Presto ... in less than two minutes the bus is ready to go with a whole new set of destinations! Signs can be reprogrammed as fast as an individual can walk between the buses to place the MTU on another bus.
I can hardly wait for the implementation of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). These bus will have I n t e l l i g e n t Transportation Systems (ITS), GPS, automated passenger and real-time schedule information, enhanced web based information, web-enabled mobile devices, on-board audio and variable bus stop message signs. Will DRT be able to handle all the bells and whistles? What do you think. Personally, I think it will be hoot!