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The Vermont Agency of Transportation launched a statewide bus locator tool, called the Transit App, on October 1; a free mobile application that displays the actual location of a bus operating on any transit route within Vermont.

[Above photo courtesy of VTrans.]

“We are excited to bring this level of information to our bus riders,” said Vermont Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn in a statement. “We remain committed to improving our public transit system, and this service was identified as a priority by our riders and transit providers.”

VTrans said its new Transit App can be downloaded onto either iPhone or Android devices and can search any route and/or bus stop for real-time location and projected arrival times. The app also includes features for trip planning, step-by-step navigation, service disruption notifications, and departure and stop reminders.

[The Delaware Department of Transportation introduced a similar transit app for its DART bus service two years ago. The video below explains how such mobile applications work.]

“This is part of a larger and ongoing effort to provide better transit service,” noted Barbara Donovan, VTrans’ public transit program manager. “Our riders deserve this predictability and real-time information, and we continue to develop better tools and amenities to improve the rider experience.”

 

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