TfL Overground train from Arriva

TfL tests system to display crowding info

Transport for London (UK) is testing software to indicate Overground train crowding in real time.

The software uses information about the load of each passenger car into a customer-friendly display.  The display color codes each car based on crowding using a familiar green-amber-red scheme.

Passenger reaction was mixed. “I think it’s a marvelous idea. Hopefully it will make getting that rush hour train just a little more bearable,” one commuter told the Evening Standard. But another was less impressed. “Isn’t this just completely unnecessary?” he said.  “I don’t see why anyone would need to use this. Just use your eyes.”

Currently TfL is testing the system at the Shoreditch High Street Overground station through the end of the year. If the test is successful, TfL will seek funding to expand the program.

HaCon developed the application for Arriva Rail London. Link to full story in Evening Standard.

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