System repairs and upgrades also coming
In addition to the website improvement, TxDOT also has awarded contracts for long-overdue maintenance of TransGuide’s field equipment. I can’t tell you how many lane control signals and dynamic message signs are out of order, so news of these contracts is welcome. Once the initial repair backlog is cleared, which is expected by the end of the year, the contractors will focus on preventive maintenance, upgrades to older and obsolete equipment, and maintaining a 95% uptime for all equipment. TxDOT has budgeted $1.5 million annually for maintenance, although that amount will vary depending on needs and funding availability.
Aviation Travel: San Antonio International Airport TransGuide website
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Two local transportation-related websites have gotten or are about to get long-overdue overhauls. First, sometime last month, San Antonio International Airport launched their vastly improved website. Besides being much more professional-looking, the new website is substantially easier to navigate, is less cluttered than the old one, and just works better overall. Along with the new airport site is a companion site called ”SAOnTheFly“, which is dedicated solely to the award-winning concessions program at the airport. It’s here that I found the feature I like best– the very slick interactive terminal maps. Congratulations to those involved in these new sites!
Another site getting a much-needed makeover soon is the TransGuide website. Visiting their website, you’ll see a big “TransGuide website upgrade coming end of October 2009” banner with a “beta” preview of the site already online alongside the soon-to-be “legacy” site. I’ll have more details of the new TransGuide site on a future posting.