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Racine, Wis., Electrifies Buses, Adds Tracking to Transit App

The city of Racine, Wis., has switched 25 percent of its bus fleet to electric power and announced a new feature in its smartphone app that shares real-time data on bus location, along with arrival and departure times.

A transit stop with a bus in motion.
(TNS) — In addition to electrifying 25% of RYDE Racine's bus fleet, the Racine area's transit system announced Monday that is has officially launched a new automatic vehicle locator smartphone application that provides real time data on bus location, and arrival and departure times, for riders.

The phone application will save riders on wait times for buses and provide the capability to quickly look up transfers and plan trips. An additional feature of the app designed to help visually impaired people will make an audible announcement when passengers are nearing their stop while riding. The application's system map can be updated in real time if routes or schedules change based on construction or rerouting.

"The launch of this app is an important part of an overall effort to modernize our transit system," stated Trevor Jung, Racine transit manager. "Improvements like this will enhance the customer experience for our passengers and make utilizing public transit a more viable transportation option."

"The City of Racine is utilizing smart technology to improve municipal services and enhance quality of life for our residents," stated Mayor Cory Mason. "This is an excellent example of the major strides that several City departments have made to integrate technological solutions to better meet our community's needs."

Residents and visitors alike can download the free application by searching "RYDE Racine Transit" in the app stores on Android and Apple devices.

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