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Raleigh testing alert system on CAT bus

Posted June 13, 2012

— The City of Raleigh's Capital Area Transit bus system is running a pilot program to test an automated voice warning system to alert pedestrians that a bus is turning before they cross the street.

A device installed on the bus' steering column automatically triggers an alert when the wheel turns to a 45-degree angle and the bus is traveling less than 11 mph.

Once activated, the front of the bus emits three blasts of white noise followed by a female voice announcing that it is making a turn.

The warning unit is currently installed on one bus, but the city has plans to install it on 11 other buses.


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  • Rolling Along Jun 14, 2012

    Oh boy...MORE noise pollution!

  • MadMaxx Jun 14, 2012

    I think the Cane's AIR HORN would signal them better. Loud enough to blow wigs off! That would let everyone know a bus is there.

  • djofraleigh Jun 14, 2012

    Are the pedestrians in question in a crosswalk with the walk light? If so, then the bus has to stop and wait. -- COMMENT

    When there is a right turn green arrow on the light, the crosswalk light still says STOP while the pedestrian still stands on the curb. Crossing six & eight lanes (with two turn lanes) such as on New Bern/Capital/Crabtree etc, is really a dangerous affair.

    Just sitting in a car or standing on the curb at the light in many places is dangerous in that swearing cars hit the stationary vehicle waiting for the light to change on the cross street.

  • FlySwater Jun 14, 2012

    I think a lot of governement departments have a "use it or lose it" predicament with the yearly funds allotted to them. In other words, if Raleigh Transit had a budget surplus, the legislature would reduce their budget the following year. Hence, this.

  • dcatz Jun 14, 2012

    So did the government bureaucrats, at any point in time, consider using, oh, I don't know, the turn signal, before deciding to waste money on this?

    See buses are outfitted with these wonderful things called turn signals. You can pull a level and a light lights up on the outside that indicates when you are turning and which way you are turning. It's marvelous technology and it comes free with the purchase of any bus!

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Jun 14, 2012

    Is this a solution in search of a problem?

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jun 14, 2012

    A talking bus may not be so good for my heart.

  • 1Rx4FN Jun 14, 2012

    Great, more "CAT calls" in downtown Raleigh. What does the female voice say I wonder?

  • daddyankee Jun 14, 2012

    Great. Next they need an alert system that alerts the police when the bubble gum smacking, ear-bud wearing, hoodlum looks at me and demands some money.

  • ildoc Jun 14, 2012

    "Are the pedestrians in question in a crosswalk with the walk light? If so, then the bus has to stop and wait. If not, didn't their mothers teach them to look both ways before stepping out into the street and what crosswalks are?"

    agreed, waste of money that could better spent improving route efficiency.