UVA Implementing GPS Tracking System

UVA Today reports that the University will be implementing a GPS tracking system to track the school’s buses.

“Starting in January, riders of University Transit Service buses at the University of Virginia will be able to take advantage of the latest Global Positioning System technology to know, in real time, when their bus will arrive at their stop.”

“Once implemented, customers will be able to access real-time schedule information on a Web site, and also through the system’s “BusFinders” — touch-screen displays installed at 20 of the most popular UTS stops.”

The University’s Parking and Transportation Services will install a system from a company called Connexionz, and this system is the same one that the Charlottesville Transit Service (CTS) will use.

Public transit isn’t as popular as it could be because it is perceived to be unreliable. UVA’s new tracking system won’t increase reliability, but it will help patrons decide whether or not they want to wait for a bus. In the end I think more people will decide to take the bus if they see it’s running on time and it is nearby the stop.

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