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GPS Use in Public Transportation

The use of GPS technology in public transportation such as buses and taxis is increasing rapidly. Listed below are a few of the ways that it has been used or might be used in the future. If you would like to share additional ideas on how GPS can be used please email them to:

GPS Use in Public Transportation:

  • School Bus Tracking: GPS tracking can be used to monitor school buses. This will enable school officials to continuously know the location of all buses, route them more efficiently, monitor speeding and cut costs.
  • Snow Plow Tracking: GPS tracking units placed on snow plows can keep track of the location of all plows at any time and record the areas which have been serviced. They can also be used for more effective routing and to confirm the services of contractors.
  • GPS-Equipped Bus Routes: The city of Edinburgh, Scotland has a "Bustracker" system that tracks the location of city buses. When an emergency or crime occurs the bus location is immediately available. In addition the bus transmitts its location and speed and this information is used to display estimated time of arrivals at street-side bus stops.
  • GPS-Equipped Taxi Cabs: Tracking taxi cabs with GPS can yield significant cost savings and customer satisfaction. When a call for a cab comes in the dispatcher can use a GPS tracking system to locate the cab nearest to the pick-up. This saves not only vehicle miles but the customer also gets picked up faster and to his destination happier.

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