Where’s that bus? Cornwall Transit real time tracking goes live

Cornwall Transit Division Manager Len Tapp and Mayor Bernadette Clement announce details of a new real time tracking application for Cornwall Transit buses. The $160,000 system, which includes audible and visual stop information inside and outside the bus, is live now and will be officially rolled out to the public next Monday. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – A real time tracking system for Cornwall Transit buses has conditionally gone live.

City and transit officials held a news conference this afternoon (Monday) to show off the “Way to Go” web-based application to local reporters.

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Work is still going on behind the scenes to make sure all the glitches are out of the system before its officially rolled out to the public next Monday (June 3).

“People asked us about a real time app. It was one of the things that really came through,” Cornwall Transit Division Manager Len Tapp said. It also meets some of the objectives of the Transit Master Plan, Tapp added.

It should also cut down on complaints. “I think the whole system is going to help people in the winter more. You’re waiting for that bus, it’s not showing up. So you can wait in your house a little longer,” Cornwall Transit Training Supervisor Jean Marcil added.

The application is part of a package that includes audible and digital stop announcements both inside and outside the bus – something that was needed to meet provincial disability requirements.

The system from Consat of Laval, Que. cost the City of Cornwall $175,000, which includes the first year of hosting services ($8,000 a year) and support ($6,000 a year).