Transit riders should have access to instant GPS data on their buses’ locations in the near future.
The Maryland Transit Association (MTA) has partnered with Transit, a mobile app that provides real-time transit information, trip planning, navigation services, and more. The app will provide locations for every CityLink, LocalLink and Express BusLink bus in the BaltimoreLink fleet. The app is free and available on both Apple and Android devices.
According to MTA, the State entered into a $1.043 million contract last January with Swiftly, Inc., a San Francisco-based computer software firm, to install Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking in each of MTA’s 753 local buses, to coordinate with the Transit app.
From MTA’s press release:
Passengers will be able to use the app to view each bus in real time and will have a greater choice in determining which bus to take and when to expect its arrival. Riders can also select the GO feature to enable voice alerts and push notifications for their selected route. Real-time bus tracking information is also available by calling the MDOT MTA Transit Information Call Center at 410.539.5000 and via text messaging by texting the stop number to MTAMD (68263).