With GPS installed on Baltimore buses, MTA debuts real-time tracking using Transit app

A year after the overhaul of Baltimore’s bus system, real-time tracking of the Maryland Transit Administration buses has arrived.

The state agency spent just over $1 million to install Swiftly GPS devices in each of its 753 local BaltimoreLink buses and is sharing the signals with the Transit mobile app to allow riders to see the buses’ locations and better plan their trips. It works like the ride-share apps Uber and Lyft.

“With pinpoint scheduling accuracy at their fingertips, riders won’t have to leave their workplace or home early to wait for the bus,” MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn said in a statement. “This enhanced feature truly will transform the bus-riding experience for our customers enabling them to better manage their daily schedules.”

In addition to tracking the buses in real-time, the app has a “GO” feature that allows riders to enable voice alerts and push notifications for their routes. For those without smartphones, real-time bus tracking information is also available by calling the MTA Transit Information Call Center at 410-539-5000 or by texting the stop number to MTAMD (68263).

The Transit app, which functions in more than 175 cities, is free and available on Apple and Android devices.

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