Bloomington Transit To Introduce GPS App

The app will allow riders to view where their bus is along its route at any given time.

Bloomington Transit Bus

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Bloomington Transit is soliciting proposals from vendors that supply the GPS technology to be installed on city buses.

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.

Jimmy Jenkins

Jimmy Jenkins is a multimedia journalist for WFIU and WTIU news. A native of Terre Haute, he is a masters student at the Indiana University School of Journalism and is proud to be a part of the public broadcasting stations he listened to and watched since he was a child. Follow him on Twitter @newsjunkyjimmy.

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  • Ken Pimple

    It would be helpful to know what platform(s) they will use – iPhone, Android?

  • http://twitter.com/newsjunkyjimmy Jimmy Jenkins

    The system would be available for both platforms as is the case with the current IU system.

  • Ken Pimple

    That’s good to know. Thanks!

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