Home Screen Regions
This screen displays current schedule information, provides access to functionality, and displays your status. Pressing the HOME button returns you to this screen. The home screen is divided into three main sections: Menu bar, function keys, and current trip information.
The Menu bar contains items that always display on the screen. See MDT Menu Bar.
You can send transfer requests (XFER), check your inbox, access the optional fare screens, review the optional pre-trip inspection data, and adjust the automatic passenger count (APC).
Press to display the Inbox screen for viewing text messages from dispatch. See MSG Button.
Press to view previously entered pre-trip data. It allows a relief operator to view the results of the previous operator’s inspection. See Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspections Overview.
Press to initiate a passenger transfer. The MDT can be used to set up and manage passenger transfers between vehicles operating on different routes. See Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) Passenger Transfer (XFER) Requests.
If your agency would like to enable this optional feature, please contact Avail.
APC Adjust Button
Press to adjust the automatic passenger counts. This process should only be done infrequently and while the vehicle is nearly empty. See Adjusting APC Counts.
Current trip information
The top bar transitions every five seconds between showing Driver ID # and Run # to showing Route # and Trip #. Pressing the top bar will open a new page showing all the service information.
The current trip information area also shows the Next Timepoint, Departure or Arrival time, and details about the Run, Route, and Trip.
There are two alternative layouts for the route information panel. The type displayed depends on the configuration of the myAvail in-vehicle app.
There is an option for displaying the next three stops. The Drive ID, Run, Route & Trip information is located at the top.
There is an option for displaying the names of the next two timepoints. The Run, Route & Trip information is located at the bottom.
In addition to presenting information to operators, the system performs various actions, which allows operators to focus on driving. To determine which actions to perform, the in-vehicle system uses the vehicle’s current GPS location to determine whether the vehicle has entered a defined area around a stop, which is called a trigger box. The system validates that the trigger box is valid for the current trip based on time and direction. After the system confirms arrival at a valid stop, it initiates various actions, such as making ADA announcements, informing the operator whether they are ahead or behind schedule, and changing the destination sign and farebox if needed.
Upon leaving the stop, it performs other actions, such as relaying passenger boards and alights and schedule adherence information to myAvail’s backend. At the end of a trip, as the vehicle enters the trigger box at the start of a new trip, the myAvail in-vehicle system advances to the next trip in the current run.