On Monday, Lewisville, Texas’ DCTA will launch Transit Tracker — a vehicle tracking system that provides passengers with access to real-time information for the DCTA A-train, fixed-route bus, and shuttle services. Passengers can track vehicles via phone, online, text, and free mobile application. DCTA’s Transit Tracker will replace the agency’s current “Where’s My Ride” tracking tool.
The real-time information in DCTA’s Transit Tracker system is powered by Swiftly who generates schedule data in General Transit Feed Specification R package (GTFSR) format and real-time automatic vehicle location (AVL) data (GPS trackers installed on agency vehicles). The Transit Tracker mobile app, web portal, and homepage widget are provided by Transit.
The agency’s new Transit Tracker will be installed on the A-train, fixed-route buses, and shuttle buses, which will allow the agency to better analyze schedule data, view route trends, access real-time data, and develop reports to improve operational efficiencies to enhance the passenger experience.
Each DCTA vehicle that contains a GPS unit can be tracked by DCTA’s Transit Tracker to provide that specific vehicle’s arrival time. Riders will be able to access real-time vehicle arrival information on the A-train, Connect Bus System (Denton and Lewisville), Campus Shuttles (University of North Texas and North Central Texas College), and Highland Village Connect Shuttle.