This Wednesday, Brett McCall, a concerned Asheville citizen, will present to the Asheville Transit Commission an idea for getting information to bus-riders about the real-time location of city buses — in other words, “Where’s my bus, and how soon will it get here?”
The system will address one of the chief complaints from potential bus riders — that the bus seldom arrives on schedule — by giving them real-time GPS information about where the next bus is, McCall says. Additionally, he notes that the system offers a significant cost savings when compared to other tracking services. Coupled with the route improvements detailed in the Asheville Downtown Master Plan, this system should help to improve bus ridership, he says.
The initial test phase of the proposed program is $1,000 for one month on Route 9.
“We are hoping to be able to fund all or most of this test phase with private funds, demonstrating to the Transit Commission that there is public support for such a plan,” says Stephen Eggett, one of the project’s volunteers. “Since Route 9 has a direct impact on West Asheville and its businesses, we hope we can count on the West Asheville Business Association for support. In exchange for this support, we propose to advertise, on the buses, the businesses and associations that made this test possible,” he explains.
This plan has yet to be approved by the Transit Commission, so at this point what the group is seeking is a commitment of support from citizens and area businesses. “We will happily accept whatever you can offer,” Eggett says.
McCall will present the proposed project to the Transit Commission this Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. The commission meets in the 4th floor training room of the city municipal building (above the Asheville Police Department), 100 Court Plaza.
For more information about Glympse, the real-time location-tracking platform, please visit www.glympse.com. If you have any questions please contact Eggett via email at email@example.com or by phone at 828.335.4599