CTA planning gradual expansion of GPS bus tracking GPS
The CTA will expand the GPS bus-tracking system one bus garage at a time starting this spring, says CTA spokesperson Noelle Gaffney.
Staff is currently determining which bus garage would go first, and the subsequent sequencing of bringing other garages online with the system. The idea is to have all bus routes out of a garage totally equipped with the necessary tracking hardware, but the sequencing has not yet been finalized.
"The sequence is tied to fleet management issues," says Gaffney. "We are replacing older buses (16-17 years old) with new buses and obviously don't want to go to the expense of installing the tracker technology on buses that are soon to be retired."
GPS is already on the buses, but additional communications equipment, such as a modem and router, also would have to be installed, Gaffney said. "In order to implement at a garage, all the buses at that garage have to have the system."
The CTA has been testing the bus tracker system since August 2006 on the No. 20 Madison bus line. An expansion of that test was originally promised for last summer but never happened. So it's good to see this is finally happening.