Tracking the After Hours Baylor University Shuttle - There's An App for ThatOct. 8, 2012
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WACO, Texas (Oct. 8, 2012) - Students who ride the After Hours Baylor University Shuttle (BUS) can now use their smart phones to track the real-time location of the shuttle as it travels through the Baylor campus during nighttime hours.
Students can view live GPS data of the location of the After Hours shuttle by downloading the free Ride Systems app for both iPhone and Droid at www.baylorshuttle.com. The system provides the location of the shuttle updated every 10 seconds.
The BUS is a fixed-route transportation system operated by Waco Transit in cooperation with Baylor's department of parking and transportation services. The university's After Hours route - which runs from 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday - provided an opportunity for both Baylor and Waco Transit to test the GPS system.
"The new technology is a potential 'game changer' for the BUS service, as it answers the question, 'Where's the BUS?'" said Matt Penney, director of parking and transportation services at Baylor. "It provides a new level of comfort, predictability and control for potential riders, and we are pleased to be able to offer this technology to our students."
Several mass transit systems, including those at hospitals, university campuses and cities throughout the United States, have added GPS tracking to their vehicles in recent years, Penney said, which has resulted in increased ridership of their systems.
"The After Hours BUS at Baylor currently averages around 80 passengers per night," he said. "We expect that number to increase as more students become aware of the service and know that they can find the exact location of the shuttle simply by downloading the real-time tracking app."
Ride Systems currently supports similar GPS tracking systems for several health care and university campuses, including Baylor Medical Center and Oklahoma State University.
After Hours Bus Route Information
Days of Operation: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (regular class days only)
Hours of Operation: 6:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m.
Route Time: 1 vehicle on a 20-minute route. No cost to ride.
After Hour Stops*: (minutes past the hour)
- University Parks Apartments @ :10, :30, :50
Intramural Fields @ :13, :33, 53 (service ends at midnight)
Moody Library @ :17, :37, :57 (heading toward Eighth Street)
SLC @ :18, :38, :58
8th Street/Allen Hall @ :01, :21, :41
8th Street/Collins Hall @ :02, :22, :42
Dutton Ave/Brooks Hall @ :03, :23, :43
3rd Street/Russell Hall @ :04, :24, :44
Moody Library @ :05, :25, :45 (heading toward University Parks Drive)
*Students are encouraged to arrive at the stop earlier than the posted time.
*Times may need to be adjusted later in the year.
*The vehicle will ONLY stop at these designated stops.
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Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, classified as such with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest, continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.