Jun 26, 2013 10:18 AM by Samantha Ptashkin

Cat Tran riders can track routes with new smartphone app

TUCSON- While most UA Wildcats enjoy their summer break, the Cat Tran shuttle service is getting a makeover.

This fall riders will be able to download an app on their smartphone that tracks each shuttle route. "They'll know if it's one minute away or five minutes away," says Mark Napier of UA Parking and Transportation. "It's real time tracking, updated every second."

Napier says Parking and Transportation came up with the idea after receiving a few suggestions from riders and people around campus. "One thing people told us is they weren't certain about where the shuttles were and how long each shuttle would wait at a stop," Napier says.

The names of shuttle routes will also change. Instead of just using a color coded system, the names will identify which area around campus the shuttle will travel. "That would be convenient because I really only know my route," says Cat Tran Rider Emily Goldberg. "So if I missed a shuttle and knew the next one stopped kind of close that might help."

Parking and Transportation hopes the changes will increase ridership, which in turn could alleviate campus congestion. "By operating Cat Tran we take 500,000 people off campus each year that otherwise would be pedestrians, a bicyclists or drivers," Napier says.


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