Firms annoyed with STM over iBus contract
The STM has been considering bids for the contract to build its iBus system, a GPS-based network that will improve on its static bus schedules by telling passengers exactly where the bus is and how long they will have to wait. I wrote a couple of short pieces about the idea earlier this year, including the rationale for the rather hefty $200-million price tag for providing a kind of system that already exists and in fact is in regular use already by the Laval transit system.
Now there’s news that the firms bidding for the contract are unhappy with how the process was done and that it’s a German company called INIT that has been chosen even though it wasn’t the lowest bid. It is, however, less than half the initial $200 million mentioned, which makes me wonder what’s been left out of the spec.