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January 16, 2013

New bus fleet includes technology upgrades

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This past fall, Parking and Transportation Services began the rollout of 19 new buses, updating its shuttle fleet that serves students, faculty, and staff. The fleet upgrade will be completely in place by early January, with each new bus equipped with features that add efficiencies and safety to the shuttle service. 

University ID card readers are being introduced on all buses. Beginning Jan. 14, riders need to have their University ID ready to swipe upon boarding all buses. If passengers don’t have their ID cards, drivers will need to log the information manually.

The card swipe will provide location and time data needed to assess routes and ridership. The information will be shared with the University’s Transportation Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from all the academic units, students from Students’ Association government, and the Graduate Organizing Group, along with representatives from the Medical Center and Parking and Transportation. The committee assists in monitoring and evaluating shuttle services and routes to maximize efficiency in University transportation.

Real-time bus location and arrival tracking will be available for all routes through TransLoc, a service that allows riders to view the buses as they travel on routes on and off campus. The buses have GPS technology and can be tracked from smartphones through the University’s mobile app. The app is free and can be downloaded at www.rochester.edu/urmobile. UR Mobile also allows Parking and Transportation to post notices of route changes and delays.

As a passenger safety measure, the new fleet is equipped with drive-cams, which will allow Parking and Transportation to capture video of rider and driver activity.

For more information, contact Parking and Transportation at 275-5953.

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