CAT Riders Can Monitor Bus Status with New App

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Charlottesville Area Transit Press Release

Charlottesville, Virginia... 2/28/2014... Starting tomorrow, 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 new FREE mobile app. The app will be available to download through Google Play and Apple's App Store on March 1st, 2014.

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. This feature will allow riders to reduce their wait time at bus stops, particularly useful during inclement weather such as rain or snow.

The new mobile app will add to CAT's wide assortment of methods to obtain routing data including printed rider's guides, physical bus stop displays, online information, and a direct real time information telephone line.

Individuals who wish to download the app can do so by searching for "Charlottesville Area Transit" in their phone's mobile store.

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