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Vanderbilt U. offers student-designed van app in iTunes

Created to improve access to information on Vandy Vans, the university’s overnight campus shuttle. The app helps students plan trips, locate the van closest to them, and set reminders to alert them when a van is two minutes away from approaching their stops.

New OCTA Web page offers transit apps

The OCTA App Center showcases mobile and web apps packed with information about the transit system, making it easier for new and existing customers to determine schedules and plan trips. The page currently displays 15 free and paid apps for both Android and Apple iPhone.

Ottawa warns transit users about Twitter impostors

The agency claims that two Twitter accounts publishing updates on bus cancellations based on data pulled directly from OC Transpo’s website are unreliable. The agency does not have a Twitter account.

Toronto Transit debuts real-time arrival information

Allows transit customers to receive information on when the next buses — up to six succeeding — will arrive at any specific bus stop. Next-vehicle information is available for more than 9,300 TTC bus stops inside Toronto.

Do you have an app for that?

From Blacksburg Transit's VT Bus Tracker for Virginia Tech to King County Metro and the University of Washington’s One Bus Away, transit systems linked with universities are leading the way with open source technology. They are providing real-time arrival information to riders and giving them mobile access, through iPhone and Android applications. But there is a huge disparity among agencies across the country in terms of the information they are providing to riders.

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