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CATS to offer texting bus updates for non smartphone riders

8 months 1 week 3 days ago February 10, 2016 Feb 10, 2016 Wednesday, February 10 2016 February 10, 2016 10:47 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kevin Dupuy

BATON ROUGE – CATS riders who do not have smartphones will soon have a new option to see when to catch the next bus.

The Capital Area Transit System announced a new text message option for riders Wednesday.

The new text system will allow riders to text their unique bus stop ID and recieve a text message with a list of buses coming to the stop in the next hour.

The texting service will supplement the existing RouteMatch app for smartphone users and is targeted at riders who do not have smartphones or phone carrier data plans.

“We have 50 stops planned in the first wave of installations, and these will be along the Florida Boulevard and Airline Highway corridors,” CATS CEO Bob Mirabito says. “We will continue until all the placards have been placed at the 300 bus stops that serve multiple routes.”

Mirabito says he expects the initial 300 placards to be placed by March. He also said placards at single route stops will be added later.

"After careful planning and testing, we are really happy to begin rolling out this feature,” Mirabito said.

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