Fleet

According to Wikipedia, the current PAT fleet is as follows

  • 60 35′ vehicles (such as Route 4: Troy Hill, or 79: East Hills)
  • 520 40′ vehicles (most of the buses seen)
  • 126 60′ Articulated (such as P1: East Busway)
  • 83 Light Rail (Blue and Red Lines)
  • 2 Funiculars (Duquesne Incline, and Mon Incline)

Each of the vehicles with exception of the Funiculars have fare boxes. The fare boxes will accept US Paper Currency, US Coins, and Contactless Card (Connect Card / ConnecTix). The fare boxes likely also support thermal printer capabilities. If not, the fare boxes on nearly 800 vehicles will have to be replaced.

The vehicle also uses a push button and code numbering system to display the marquee for the buses and control the fare box display. These will be overhauled by an Android based system. The reason Android will be chosen is flexibility and customization. It will also demand less resources then Windows 10, and with iOS locked down to only Apple produced hardware, it will be very expensive to outfit each vehicle with an iPad. With engineering, the tablet will be able to replace the CB system that all vehicles will have. This should allow the operator to use Bluetooth, or 3.5mm audio for communication, therefore allowing them to put more concentration on the road. The operator will also be able to send text based communications when voice might be unsafe or inappropriate. In addition to the current fleet, the ACTA Plan will acquire the following

  • An appropriate number of shuttles (for areas such as S. Oakland)
  • An appropriate number of Double Decker for Ride Gold Secondary Routes
  • 7 Funiculars to address concerned neighborhoods that will be disadvantage by total loss of service
  • An appropriate number of Unique designed 60′ buses for Ride Gold Primary Routes
  • An appropriate number of Street Cars for color routes
  • An appropriate number of commuter buses for out of county service
  • Retire primary service of LRT vehicles for automated LRV systems

By overhauling the fleet, the buses will be more recognized, and more rationalized with the commuters where it matters most. If possible, all primary routes will be articulated while secondary will be 40′ or double deckers. Connectors will be shuttles, or 35′.