Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Amtrak upgrading West Coast passenger info systems

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Amtrak has awarded a software maintenance contract to Eta Phi Systems, Inc. for a legacy Automatic Vehicle Location and Passenger Information Display System (PIDS) used on the Capitol Corridor (Auburn-Sacramento-Oakland/San Francisco-San Jose), San Joaquin (Bakersfield-Sacramento-Oakland), Pacific Surfliner (San Diego-Los Angeles-San Luis Obispo), and Altamont Commuter Express (Stockton-San Jose) services.

The contract calls for upgrades and modifications to existing software and general improvements to the base product. These software elements are located at station platforms, on board trains, at the central operator’s console in Oakland, and the system server in Manassas, Va.

"Our passengers have come to rely heavily on the real-time train status and safety messages provided by PIDS and having these upgrades by Eta Phi will only solidify our passengers’ acceptance and confidence in the PIDS,” said Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority Director David Kutrosky.

Formed in 2003, Eta Phi Systems is a systems consulting and software development firm specializing in Automatic Vehicle Location, Passenger Information and Communications Systems throughout North America.