COTA to test mobile bus-tracking at OSU | The Columbus Dispatch
By Randy Ludlow
The Columbus Dispatch
Beginning Thursday, bus riders in the Ohio State University campus area need not wonder when their buses will arrive.
The Central Ohio Transit Authority is launching a $15,000 pilot program of a service it dubs "BUStracker."
The service will allow cell-phone users to send a text message and receive bus arrival times at stops in the campus area.
Fifty bus stops have been marked with signs labeled with a "stop-ID" number. Punching the number into a cell phone and texting it to 25252 will yield a list of scheduled arrival times for buses serving a waiting rider's stop.
The pilot project will determine if there is enough demand for the service, which could evolve as part of a $8.1 million bus-tracking upgrade that could permit real-time bus tracking by riders beginning in 2011.
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