Commuters will soon have a real-time look at where their train or bus is as Calgary Transit prepares to roll out its GPS system.
Ron Collins of Calgary Transit said GPS installation in trains could be done this spring.
“It’s part of our whole way to introduce new technology into the whole system and make things easier for customers,” said Collins, adding GPS tracking will be installed on C-Trains starting this April.
By June 2012, Collins said, they should have GPS on bus rapid transit, and by December 2012, all buses should be equipped.
Leigh McDonald of Mediumrare, the Calgary company that designed the recently released Calgary Transit smartphone application, said they hope to incorporate the tracking into their app.
“The nice thing is, we can go to the technology company that’s doing the tracking and say, can we have the information from your tracking and pull it in to the application,” said McDonald.
Ward 9 Ald. Gian-Carlo Carra, who sits on the city’s land-use, planning and transportation committee, said this technology is another way to advance Calgary Transit.
“We want to transition to a system where you’re taking transit because you’re making the choice,” he said. “(It’s) hugely important.”