It was right after the new year that Kevin Kastner sent an email that read:
IUPUI real time bus locator:
I replied back suggesting the following simple Urban Indy post:
Why the f*** doesn’t IndyGo have this?
Iâ€™m not trying to be crude, but of all the things that have been discussed, to me a bus locator for web and mobile applications would be the best added value for the dollar.
Rail corridors, while important, can only cover so many people. Buses are still needed.
Additional bus lines, which are still greatly needed, are subject to the same traffic jams and vehicular breakdowns that automobiles run into.
People who have tried using the bus but stopped often mention that a big drawback is not knowing when the IndyGo bus would arrive. People can forgive a late bus if they know that it is running late. People would appreciate knowing if they missed their bus.
And I think it would be any easy upgrade. All of IndyGoâ€™s buses have GPS on them. The system automatically announces bus stop names. The display tells the driver how far behind they are running. And Iâ€™ve witnessed a substitute bus driver taking a wrong turn and, within 10 seconds, dispatch was calling them to find out what is wrong; so you know that the buses are being monitored.
There is no reason why IndyGo couldnâ€™t add this. Add I think this should be priority one. Before expanded bus routes. And before rail transit.