New transit app enables real-time tracking of Port Authority buses – CBS Pittsburgh


PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Thousands of people use public transportation to get to Pittsburgh.

Today, a local group wants to help passengers get to their destinations faster.

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Pittsburghers for Public Transit has come to town to educate people on the best way to use technology.

“These are now on all Port Authority buses, and so as a group that looks after passengers, we want to make sure people have a better experience, especially in cold weather,” said Molly Nichols.

Real-time data is now available for Port Authority buses on an application called Transit.

“You can put your phone down and see, okay, here’s where I am. Here is where the bus is. He’s coming in three minutes. I know exactly how long I have to wait before this happens, ”Nichols said.

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Nichols showed passengers how it works and how easy it is to know exactly how long you have to wait for your bus. There are other ways to get this essential information as well.

“For people without a smartphone, they can also call the port authority’s customer service number and they’ll tell you exactly when the bus is arriving when you tell them your location. Plus, if you’re in your office or at home and want to see, you can go online, ”Nichols said.

In the future, numbers will be available for T service users. For Pittsburghers for Public Transit, it’s about helping people use the services more efficiently.

“We have tried to do a lot of work to help communities that have lost their buses over the years, and now we are also working to make sure that current passengers have a good experience on the bus and that is why the technology in real time is so helpful, ”Nichols said.

The Transit app is free for iPhone and Android users, as are the real time numbers from the Port Authority website.

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