Feb. 28, 2014
Starting Saturday, March 1, Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) riders will have a new way to obtain real time arrival information.
CAT has partnered with the City of Charlottesville's IT department to release a free mobile app. The app will be available to download through Google Play and Apple's App Store tomorrow.
Features of the new app include:
- Real time data including bus stop arrival predictions for CAT buses
- A GPS-enabled map that automatically locates your position and displays nearby bus stops
- Push notifications that will instantly alert users to active detours and/or service disruptions
- Car-free travel directions that are customized from personal itineraries (via Google Transit)
- A favorites menu to save frequently used bus stops
Unlike CAT's current paper schedules, the app will automatically update its predictions based upon real road data. Much of the data the app displays originates from CAT's Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system. Buses "ping" their location every fifteen seconds. If unusual traffic congestion occurs, the app will reflect new predictions taking into account the delay.
Individuals who wish to download the app can do so by searching for "Charlottesville Area Transit" in their phone's mobile store.