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SWIFT: Seattle Wide-area Information For Travelers, Deployment Cost Study

Description: The Seattle Wide-area Information For Travelers (SWIFT) project was a highly successful Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Field Operational Test (FOT) that was conducted over a four-year period from 1993 to 1997. The purpose of the project was to test the efficacy of a High Speed Data System (HSDS), or FM Sub-carrier, to disseminate incident, bus and speed/congestion information via three different end-user devices: pager watch, portable computer and in-vehicle navigation device. Six hundred ninety (690) commuters, many with route- or mode-choice options, participated in the FOT and provided user-acceptance evaluations. Other evaluation components examined the system architecture, communications coverage, institutional issues, and consumer acceptance.
The primary purpose of the SWIFT Deployment Cost Study was to provide an independent Life Cycle Cost Estimate (LCCE) of an operational and fully deployed SWIFT system. Moreover, it is intended to provide both the SWIFT participants and the Federal Highway Administration with a measure of the commercial viability of "SWIFT-like" systems nationwide.

  • Date Published: October, 1998
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 462.3
  • Last Modified: January 4, 2008
  • Author: Mark Jensen.
  • Originator: Science Applications International Corporation.
  • # of Pages: 98 p., 2,896 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Advanced traveler information systems, Analysis, Costs, Deployment, Field tests, Life cycle costing, Operations.
  • Keywords: ATIS, issues, public/private, SWIFT, ITS, deployment, traveler information, subcarrier, invehicle navigation, bus location, high speed data system, field operational test, life cycle cost, deployment cost, Seattle Metropolitan Area (Wash.)
  • Related Publications:

    SWIFT: Seattle Wide-area Information For Travelers: Architecture Study, (WA-RD 462.1).
    SWIFT: Seattle Wide-area Information For Travelers: Consumer Acceptance Study, (WA-RD 462.2).
    SWIFT: Seattle Wide-area Information For Travelers: Institutional Issues Study, (WA-RD 462.4).
    SWIFT: Seattle Wide-area Information For Travelers: Communications Study, (WA-RD 462.5).
    SWIFT: Seattle Wide-area Information For Travelers: Evaluation Summary, (WA-RD 462.6).

This abstract was last modified April 29, 2008