Bus

Va. agency, City team to develop app

Posted on March 3, 2014

The Va.-based Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) partnered with the City of Charlottesville's IT department to release a new free mobile app so riders have a new way to obtain real-time arrival information. The app is now available to download through Google Play and Apple's App Store.

Features of the new app include:

  • Real-time data including bus stop arrival predictions for CAT buses.
  • A GPS-enabled map that automatically locates your position and displays nearby bus stops.
  • Push notifications that will instantly alert users to active detours and/or service disruptions.
  • Car-free travel directions that are customized from personal itineraries (via Google Transit).
  • A favorites menu to save frequently used bus stops.

Unlike CAT's current paper schedules, the app will automatically update its predictions based upon real road data. Much of the data the app displays originates from CAT's automatic vehicle location system. Buses "ping" their location every 15 seconds.

If unusual traffic congestion occurs, the app will reflect new predictions taking into account the delay. This feature will allow riders to reduce their wait time at bus stops, particularly useful during inclement weather, such as rain or snow.

The new mobile app will add to CAT's wide assortment of methods to obtain routing data including printed rider's guides, physical bus stop displays, online information and a direct real-time information telephone line.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Last Chance for Innovative Solutions Award submissions

Have you recently partnered with a solutions provider within the last year to implement a new innovation at your operation that has helped you save money, run more efficiently, streamline operations, improved customer satisfaction or increased ridership? Tell us what you did and how it has positively impacted your business.

NY MTA introduces the first of more than 2,000 state-of-the-art buses

After more than three decades of bearing more than a passing resemblance to refrigerators on wheels, the appearance of North America’s largest transit bus fleet is undergoing a stunning transformation

NY MTA rolls out first of 75 state-of-the-art New Flyer buses

In March, Gov. Cuomo announced the addition of 2,042 buses, equipped with Wi-Fi and USB charging ports, to the MTA fleet over the next five years, replacing 40% of the current fleet.

Dallas' DART takes top spot at APTA's International Bus Roadeo

The Grand Champion Award recognizes the system with the highest combined bus operator and maintenance team score.

Webb Brake Adjusters introduces line for transit applications

These clearance-sensing automatic brake adjusters are designed for the severe-duty requirements of the transit market.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close