Charlotte Area Transit System, commonly known as CATS, has released a mobile app called “UNCC NextRide” which provides users a real time transit feed for Campus Shuttle buses and SafeRide evening safety transport.
NextRide provides the tracking on a map with arrival predictions, schedules and service alerts. Routes, schedules, arrivals and bus movement can be seen in real time, in one place. The app’s real-time GPS tracking map shows the current location of all vehicles with color-coded route, stop and vehicle icons concluding no room for confusion. Locations of Campus Shuttle updates every 20 seconds, while SafeRide vehicles update every five seconds.
“UNCC NextRide will increase ridership because more people will be able to time their transit needs, track bus locations and estimated arrival times. I think more riders will be happier because they no longer have to wonder how long they will wait until the next bus,” says Regina Y. Wood, Transportation Supervisor of UNC Charlotte Department of Parking and Transportation Services (PaTs).
Ride Systems published the application, which was released on August 7. The company plans to add a text message alert system in early October. When the user simply sends a request text message including the stop ID, they will then receive a reply with arrival time estimates.
UNC Charlotte NextRide was created for Apple iOS and Android smartphones. The app may be downloaded for free on the iPhone / iPad from the App Store or on an Android from Google Play. There is also an online version for your convenience.
The online version is avaliable here: http://nextride.uncc.edu/.