Bloomington Transit is planning on adding a GPS tracking feature to its buses next year to make the daily commute more convenient for riders.
Indiana University’s buses have a similar technology and has been largely considered successful. As she stands at a bus stop on the IU campus, Stacy Robertson demonstrates how she can call up a an app created by Bloomington Based software company Double Map on her phone to see how long she has until her bus arrives.
“I use my smart phone and the IU App to find the bus. I actually just looked it up right now,” Robertson says.
Bloomington Transit General Manager Lew May says the organization is soliciting proposals from vendors that supply the GPS technology to be installed on city buses.
The tracking systems would also feature a voice announcement of the bus’s location for the visually impaired.
May says the city will pay for the systems, which he expects to cost several hundred thousand dollars, paid for in part by grants from the federal government and INDOT. He says transit officials hope to have the system in place by next summer.