July 10, 2009

DART unveils bus tracking info on Website

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) makes online trip planning easier than ever with the new “Where's My Bus?” application available at the agency's mobile Website, m.dart.org.

 

This addition to the site is in the beta testing stage. “Where's My Bus?” is designed to give customers a near-real time estimate for when their bus will arrive. This new application lets customers follow the progress of their bus via a Google map as it approaches their stop. The screen initially gives the customer the published scheduled arrival time and then an estimated time when the bus is within 15 minutes of the stop. The page tells the customer the bus is "arriving soon" when it is estimated to be within five minutes of the stop.

 

Riders will be able to bookmark the page for their particular route and stop and refresh it for current information.

 

To generate the Webpage, DART captures GPS information from each operating bus approximately every 70 seconds. The information is fed into an algorithm created by DART staff that tells the customer the location of their bus.

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