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SEPTA Adds Real-Time And Mobile Updates To Its Web Site

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – SEPTA bus and trolley riders have new options when it comes to service updates and accessing schedules.

Today, SEPTA unveiled three new web- and text-based  features: “TransitView,” a web site that updates the location of buses and trolleys in real time; SMS text messaging of scheduled departure times from a particular stop; and “Schedules To Go,” which allows riders to access the SEPTA mobile web site to get stop-specific information for the next 10 trips on a particular line.

SEPTA says the new systems are thanks to the installation of GPS devices on the vehicles and the recent geo-mapping of all of SEPTA’s more than 15,000 bus and trolley stops.

“What we are basically providing people is the opportunity to see where their buses are on their particular line,” said Ron Hopkins, chief control officer for SEPTA.

T-Mobile and Sprint customers will not be able to get the text messaging service due to a limitation with SEPTA’s vendor.

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Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Michelle

    It seems to work so far. I looked at it both on my computer and iPhone and there were continuous updates. Now the real test is for me to go outside an wait for the bus and track the whereabouts of the bus. I’ve been waiting for something like this forever. I wait on the 38 which comes every never(schedule? ha!) so it will be great to see where the bus is so that I can time when I leave the house.

  • Pete

    I wonder if this will be as inaccurate as the TrainView feature… which is totally worthless. It is never accurate. Your 1/2 hour late train will still say ‘on-time’.

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