A Good Investment:
UTA’s Automatic Passenger Counting Systems has been evaluated in over twenty large urban transit systems and has been found to consistently generate Passenger Counting Accuracies in the 97%-99% range.
Other APC systems have consistently been found to generate Passenger Counting Accuracies in the 85% - 92% range.
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI) Date: 2007
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Date: 2007
Niagara Frontier New York City Transit Authority (NFTA) Date: 2006
Rochester-Genesee Regional NYC Transit Authority (RGRTA) Date: 2006
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HARTline) Date: 2005
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) Date: 2005
Southwestern Ohio New York City Transit Authority (SORTA) Date: 2005
Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Date: 2005
Los Angeles County Metropolitan (LACMTA) Date: 2002
Capital Metropolitan (CMTA) Date: 2002
Omnitrans (San Bernardino) Date: 2001
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation (SEPTA) Date: 2001
British Columbia Transit (BC Transit) Date: 2000
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Date: 1998
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) Date: 1997
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Date: 1997
Minneapolis Metropolitan Transit Commission Date: 1994
New Jersey Transit Date: 1994
Port Authority of Allegheny County Date: 1993
Pace Suburban Bus Service Date: 1987-1988
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Date: 1986
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Date: 1986
Grand Rapids Area Transit Authority (GRATA) Date: 1985
Denver Regional Transit Date: 1984-1985
Results: Daily on and offs to within plus or minus 5% of manual counts. Individual trip on and offs to within plus or minus 10% of manual counts Bus stop on and offs accurate 85-90% of the time
Considering that the performance of trained checkers is within these accuracy levels, it can be concluded that the APC units of either supplier are nearly as accurate as checkers in general, and are more accurate than checkers if the APC units are used to do repetitive counting.
Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Date: 1984
Results: "Extensive testing of APC equipment at COTA has determined that the Automatic Passenger Counting Systems counts passengers very accurately. APC's approximate the accuracy of two (2) human surveyors on routes with light passenger activity. Testing also showed APC's surpassing the accuracy in terms of boarding-alighting discrepancy of a pair of surveyors on a route with heavy passenger activity."
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Date: 1984
Results: "From testing performed by CTA Operations Planning staff the accuracy of the APC passenger counting subsystem was in the 95 +/-3% accuracy range. The accuracy of APC's is at least as accurate as the manually collected data at CTA."
U.S. DOT New York City Transit Systems Center Date: 1982
Results: "APC's accuracy is comparable to the accuracy obtained through on board ride checkers."