Ulupono Initiative

WaySine - Real-Time Solar Bus Signs

The world’s first, uni-body, real-time, solar, wireless bus signs bring estimated arrival information to everyday commuters.

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Background

In November 2014, WaySine, LLC and Ulupono Initiative began testing 20 of the world’s first, uni-body, real-time, solar, wireless bus signs in Honolulu. Ulupono Initiative sponsored the pilot to bring real-time, estimated arrival information to everyday commuters.

Real-time signs increase ridership, improve rider satisfaction and reduce passenger anxiety, according to research conducted by the Transit Cooperative Research Program. The wait at bus stops feels shorter when there is a sign showing live, expected arrival times. The signs provide information equity for riders without mobile phone apps, and advertise a more intelligent public transit system.

If bus ridership increases as research indicates, the resulting savings would total almost 5 million gallons of oil per year and the impact to total primary energy produced is equal to adding a 34MW solar farm.

Why We Invested

Ulupono Initiative believes WaySine has the potential to increase bus ridership, which should in turn help get people out of cars and reduce both vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and gasoline consumption for ground transportation. In addition, this project aligns with Ulupono’s goal to deploy innovative programs to reduce VMT per capita.

Impact

  • Brings real-time, estimated arrival information to everyday commuters.
  • Increases ridership, improves rider satisfaction and reduces passenger anxiety.
  • Reduces both vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and gasoline consumption for ground transportation.
  • Resulting savings could total almost 5 million gallons of oil per year.

At a Glance

Investment Area
Energy
Investment Model
For-Profit
 
Total Investment
$50,000