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April 13, 2017

Real-time transit info available

TransitScreens  providing real-time information on multimodal public transportation to Oakland commuters have been set up in the lobbies of five area buildings. The pilot project, funded by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, was announced by Pitt and the Oakland Business Improvement District.

Pittsburgh’s first publicly accessible multimodal transit screens aim to provide the public with current transportation data while attracting people to Oakland’s food and retail establishments. The screens have been installed at SkyVue Apartments, Sennott Square, Falk Clinic, UPMC Montefiore and UPMC Presbyterian hospitals.

This first phase of the project also will install screens in retail storefronts.

Alexandros Labrinidis, Department of Computer Science in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and Kostas Pelechrinis, School of Information Sciences, are leading the initiative.

“The TransitScreen technology combines information from Uber or Lyft, Healthy Ride, Pitt Shuttle, UPMC Shuttle, ZipCar and Port Authority,” said Labrinidis. “The information shown on the screens is customized for each location giving information relative only to where you are at that moment… We look forward to the next step where we integrate all this data into a multimodal trip information and planning mobile app.”

Businesses interested in having a TransitScreen display should contact Labrinidis at

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