U of M offers real-time tracking for campus buses to the public
September 3, 2012
Thanks to new route-predicting technology, the more than 3.7 million riders per year of The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus bus system will be able to learn when their bus will arrive.
The U’s Parking and Transportation Services’ had the hardware installed on the 24-vehicle fleet in the spring and conducted testing throughout the summer months.
Starting this fall, students, staff, faculty and visitors can find out where the campus buses are on their computers and mobile devices. A few campus bus stops will also have electronic signage to inform riders about the predicted time of arrival for the next three buses coming to that stop.
Riders have three options to find their bus:
• Dial 763-567-2453 and enter the two-digit bus stop number to hear the next three predicted arrival times.
• Text 41411 with ‘umnbus’ and the stop number to receive the next three predicted arrival times.
• Go to www.umn.edu/pts, click the link to a real-time tracking map showing the entire campus and location of the campus buses. Clicking on a particular stop will show the predicted times for the next two buses.
Signage at each bus stop will include the unique stop number, the phone number to call, texting information and a QR code that allows people to use their smartphones with free QR mobile scanning apps.
Riders can also set up personalized alerts for one-time use or regular intervals.
Parking and Transportation Services collaborated with the Minnesota Student Association to bring this new technology to campus. With the start of fall semester, the system will begin to see heavy usage as 50,000 students return to campus.
Parking and Transportation Services encourages feedback of this new feature. All comments or concerns should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of Parking and Transportation Services’ is to facilitate safe and convenient access to the university and around campus while encouraging alternative modes of transportation.
For more information on parking at the University, visit the Parking and Transportation Services Web site at www.umn.edu/pts, e-mail email@example.com, or call 612-626-7275.