September 26, 2014
GPS-based app will help faculty, staff and students track buses and locate nearest bus stops.
Geneseo-area residents are now able to use their mobile phones to plan a bus trip or visually track the nearest RTS bus to find out what time it will arrive.
The new mobile app is called the SUNY Geneseo “Where’s My Bus? App.” Although tailored for the SUNY Geneseo community, it can be used in both Livingston and Monroe counties. The app allows Apple and Android users to access comprehensive real-time information on bus arrival times, nearest stops, routes and service alerts—right from the palm of their hand.
RTS CEO Bill Carpenter said, “We are driving forward with the “Where’s My Bus” mobile app, a reliable and convenient technology that enables our customers to easily build their lives around—where we are and where they are going. It will make the bus riding experience better than ever and save valuable time for our customers—they will no longer have anxiety about when to show up for their bus because they’ll know exactly where it is at all times—in real-time.”
"Our students are frequent riders on the RTS bus system and they will benefit greatly by having real-time information at their fingertips through this impressive app," said Joe VanRemmen, coordinator of campus transportation services at SUNY Geneseo and an inspector in the University Police Department. "It will be particularly useful during the cold winter months to avoid unnecessary waiting outside in inclement weather."
Features of the SUNY Geneseo “Where‘s My Bus?” app include a display of the next three bus arrival times that show highlighted routes on a map and track real-time bus location placed along those routes. Using the “Nearest Bus Stop Locator,” riders can also use the GPS in their phone to find their location and the closest three bus stops around them.
Other features include the ability to plan a trip using the RTS app via Google Transit. Similar to Google Maps, users can enter their starting destination—either by typing in the starting destination or by pulling their location via GPS—and their ending destination. It will display the walking and transit directions to get to their destinations at that current time, and calculate the savings for the trip versus taking a car. Users can even save their favorite routes, stops and planned trips, and share them with their friends on Twitter, Facebook and through email.
Service alerts will be displayed in the app, with the capability to read more about each alert by clicking on the title. The app also contains both customer service and lost and found information.
RTS launched an app for Monroe County earlier in 2014.
The SUNY Geneseo “Where’s My Bus?” app launched on Tuesday, Sept. 23. It is available to download for free on the Google Play Store for Android and the Apple App Store for iOS devices.
Download the Apple app on the iTunes Store:
Download the Android app on the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alesig.geneseo
For more information, visit www.myRTS.com/Geneseo.
Rochester Transit Service (RTS) provides public bus transportation and paratransit service in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Wyoming counties. Recognized as one of the best-run transit systems in the nation, our 900+ employees proudly enjoy serving our customers who count on us for nearly 18.5 million rides each year. A public benefit entity and one of four regional transportation authorities in New York State, RTS is governed by 14 appointed commissioners who represent the City of Rochester, County of Monroe, and the surrounding counties in which RTS provides services. For more information, visit www.myRTS.com.
Back to all news