Oakville Transit introduces real-time bus tracking technology

New online tools and mobile app make riding the bus easier and more accessible

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Oakville Transit introduces real-time bus tracking technology

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Gisele Shaw

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Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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Oakville Transit customers can now pinpoint the exact location of their bus and when it will arrive at their stop thanks to new real-time bus tracking technology introduced Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

Real-time bus tracking is a web-based tool that uses GPS data to predict the arrival time of buses. Customers can easily access real-time bus tracking from their computer or smartphone by using the Bus Finder tool at oakvilletransit.ca or downloading the Oakville Transit app available in the iTunes App Store for Apple devices and in Google Play for Android devices.

The Track by Text feature allows customers to text their bus stop number to find out when the next bus will arrive. They can also sign up to receive personalized bus arrival information alerts via email or text.

“Transit customers are going to love the convenience of having real-time tracking information at their fingertips,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “This new technology will help you get to where you need to go without wasting time or wondering when your bus will arrive.”

Real-time bus tracking is a feature of Oakville Transit’s new Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) designed to make riding the bus easier and more accessible for everyone. ITS also includes digital signs inside buses displaying next stop information, automated voice announcements telling passengers which stop is coming up next and large digital signs displaying real-time departure information at four key transit hubs – Oakville and Bronte GO stations, Sheridan College and the Uptown Core terminal.

“The accessibility features offered by this new system put us well ahead of meeting the compliance dates for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act,” said Barry Cole, director of Oakville Transit. “We’re very excited to offer new tools and service enhancements that will benefit all our customers.”

For more information about real-time bus tracking visit oakvilletransit.ca or watch this video.

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