Siemens Mobility launches first-ever mobile bus lane enforcement solution in New York

  • Intelligent infrastructure used on three bus routes in Manhattan and Brooklyn
  • Helps ease congestion and improve efficiency
  • Sophisticated solution identifies violations and length of stay

Siemens Mobility has successfully launched an Automatic Bus Lane Enforcement (ABLE) solution in New York City, representing the first-ever application of this technology to be mounted on buses. The ABLE systems are installed on M15 Select Bus Service buses that operate on bus lanes benefitting more than 44,000 daily customers. The technology is playing a key part in New York City’s drive to improve bus speed and efficiency and to keep traffic moving on the city’s congested streets.

 A camera mounted directly on an operating bus immediately captures violations, where vehicles are stopped in the bus-only lanes, that would have otherwise required substantially more surrounding static camera infrastructure in order to capture the same information.

“The great transit agencies in the world continue to take advantage of cutting-edge technology, to keep improving the reliability and sustainability of their fleets -- and New York’s MTA continues to be a leader in this,” said Marc Buncher, CEO of Siemens Mobility for North America.  “New York City challenged us to combine and adapt GPS, Geo-fencing and ALPR (Automated License Plate Recognition) into a directly-mounted, more efficient solution.  It’s a solution that is helping the city become more intelligent and ultimately deliver less congestion for all road users, not to mention the millions of people who benefit from the optimized travel time and improved passenger experience,” he explained.  “Siemens Mobility is proud to provide another innovative solution to New York City.” 

This application features Siemens Mobility’s LaneWatch cameras to capture license plate details of vehicles that obstruct bus lanes, together with advanced video capabilities that record photographs, videos and location information.  Motorists who block a bus lane are subject to a fine.  

 Proven in projects worldwide, Siemens Mobility’s LaneWatch provides transport authorities and highways managers with a highly effective enforcement solution, making use of automatic license plate recognition software in combination with advanced image processing, to deliver robust detection and identification of vehicles for traffic enforcement purposes.

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