New radio system on C TRAN buses increases safety for riders and bus operators


ELMIRA — Chemung County has completed installation of an updated digital radio communications network for use in its bus system, C TRAN.  The PowerTrunk TETRA system replaces an analog radio system with a digital one to provide voice and data communication for controlling and managing transit service. Along with providing the transit system’s drivers better and easier communication with system dispatchers, this new digital system has given C TRAN the ability for private conversations between the driver and dispatcher.  This is especially important as it protects client information for riders on the Dial a Ride services.


C TRAN General Manager Karen McKinley noted, “The transition from the analog system to the new digital TETRA system has been an extremely smooth one.  The dispatchers and drivers have adjusted well, and more importantly adjusted quickly, so as not to interfere with the safe transportation of our passengers.”


Deputy County Executive and Transit Board Chairman, Mike Krusen, celebrated the completion of the project, saying, “C TRAN’s new radio communications system brings an up to date, reliable method of communication for transit staff with additional safety features.  The system will complement the effectiveness of the County’s already existing and nationally recognized broadband network system.”


The new system has been rolled out with assistance from PowerTrunk Inc, who provided the infrastructure and hardware. Carlos Fernandez, Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer for PowerTrunk said, “C TRAN joins New Jersey Transit in the US as an early adopter of TETRA, a world-class digital radio technology already utilized in more than 125 countries globally.”


Integrated Systems, from Victor, NY, assisted with installation and integration of C TRAN’s radio communications system. Integrated Systems and C TRAN staff continue to work closely to make system adjustments for the highest functionality of the new digital radio system.  The wireless data communication provided by the radio system forms the base of C TRAN’s future electronic fare collection system expected to be rolled out next spring.