TransitSimâ„¢ Bus Driving Simulator


TransitSim Bus Driving Simulator

The TransitSim™ Bus Simulator has been designed to promote an effective end-to-end training process for both new hire candidates and veteran operators.

The TransitSim™ Bus Simulator offers a flexible platform for training fixed route bus operators to learn basic skill development, situation awareness, decision-making, judgment training, and vehicle operations. Simulators enable trainers to supplement behind-the-wheel training to promote the safe and efficient operation of a standard fixed route transit bus.

The TransitSim™ driving simulator features fully operational passenger doors, an industry-leading field-of-view, adjustable pillar columns to replicate temporary blockages, configurable dash layouts to accommodate fleet diversity and physical mirrors to promote effective leaning technique.

Students are introduced and challenged on various operator skills including references to pivot point, push-pull steering, momentary floor-mounted turn signals (now known as ‘directionals’), leaning technique, and other aspects of operating a fixed route bus. These skills will likely be foreign concepts to the new hire candidate, yet they must be learned and mastered during the early stages of the training process. This process challenges each student operator to learn a core set of skills, behaviors, and techniques that will enable them to operate the bus—safely and effectively.

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Benefits of Simulation-Based Training


Simulation-based training enhances initial bus operator training, periodic refresher training, and driver assessments allowing you to conduct practical real world training, in different mass transit scenarios and for different road and atmospheric conditions. Simulation based training with L-3 driving simulators reinforces positive decision making, situation and spatial awareness, and promotes mastery of core skills through training in a realistic, risk-free environment with repeatable scenarios. Our experts work directly with your local instructional teams to ensure the desired skills and safe driving behaviors transfer into observable daily habits.

Key Features


  • Enables training on multiple vehicle configurations, regardless of availability of real equipment.
  • Improves driver competency and reduces costs associated with vehicle damage.
  • By employing simulators for training, vehicles are spared heavy use, require less maintenance and last longer overall.
  • Resembles the driver’s area of an actual transit bus, with seat, steering wheel, brake and accelerator pedal, plus simulated gauges in a glass dash.
  • Provides practice on using controls; making turns; maneuvering through city and highway traffic, inter- sections, railroad crossings.
  • Trainees learn proper mirror setup, utilization techniques and core driving skills in the safety of the classroom.
  • Create and define scenarios to simulate the performance characteristics of a wide range of fixed route
  • Allows practice of critical decision-making skills in a risk-free environment.

Additional Features and Options


  • Realistic driving environments train drivers how to recognize and anticipate hazardous driving situations
  • Multiple display and field-of-view arrangements are available (180° standard) with full HD resolution (1920x1080) and refresh rates.
  • High refresh and update rates provide smooth image flow during any drive at common speeds, creating a comfortable training environment for transit operators.
  • Glass dash in the simulator adds greater flexibility in replicating various types of vehicle gauges.
  • The Glass Console allows the instructor control of the simulator via touch screen at the Operators Console (OpCon) and gives operators simple and quick control to change vehicle type.
  • Transit operator training environment; seat, steering wheel, brake, clutch and accelerator pedals, enhancing retention and application to the road.
  • Ask us about our comprehensive driver training solutions that offer a blended approach to training that combine instructor led, computer-based and simulation-based training to create an immersive training environment that engages the student to learn skills faster and retain them for longer periods of time.

Research Proves: Better trained drivers drive down costs

Studies by the Universities of Utah, Iowa and Arizona (in conjunction with the Utah DOT, Iowa DOT and Arizona DOT) show that drivers who receive L-3 DPA simulator training have:

  • Reduced accidents
  • Reduced cost of accidents
  • Higher fuel efficiency
  • Reduced training time

They achieved these improvements, regardless of their years of experience. It also enabled them to select better recruits. Simulation training also:

  • Reduces companies’ insurance costs by reducing their liability exposure. (Simulator-trained drivers can sometimes qualify for personal insurance discounts, as high as 10 to 15%. Ask your insurance agent.)
  • Reduces capital investment for vehicles. By employing simulators for training, vehicles are spared heavy use, require less maintenance and last longer overall.