Posted: Jan 29, 2013 5:39 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Jan 29, 2013 7:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System unveiled its new tracking system today, designed to give passengers more information about their bus and route.
The free application for iPhone and Android devices, called "RouteShout," tracks up-to-the-minute arrival times of buses for each stop. CATS also launched a map-tracking feature on its website, BRCATS.com. Users can watch buses move along their routes in real time.
Neither of these new features decrease wait times for passengers, but CATS CEO Brian Marshall explained it could prevent passengers from wasting their own time standing at a bus stop.
"No longer will you have those waits and the wondering, is my bus coming? Did I miss it? Did I not miss it? Now you'll know exactly where that bus is," Marshall said following an announcement downtown Tuesday morning.
The transit system installed GPS tracking devices on all of the buses in the fleet, which can also be used by management to track their own progress.
"Before it took a number of supervisors to check on time performance. Now we can reduce that labor load and monitor via the same computers the passengers will be using," Marshall said.
It took CATS about five months to get the new system up and running, which is much faster than the national average.
The system cost $1.3 million for installation and hardware. The majority of the installation was paid for by grant money. Marshall said the monthly costs to use the app will be covered by other federal transportation grants.