Kathy Johnson

By

PTS to Offer Cat Tracker – Tracking System for Buses

Published: Apr 13, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2011) – University of Kentucky employees, students and visitors looking for a ride around campus will soon have some high-tech alternatives to the traditional pocket bus schedule. UK Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) will soon offer Cat Tracker, a Global Positioning System (GPS)-based tracking for all CATS buses.

 

“PTS is excited to introduce bus tracking to UK’s campus,” said Don Thornton, director of Parking & Transportation Services. “We feel that the technology will be an excellent fit for our students, employees and guests, helping them to better utilize the bus service. Cat Tracker will also aid PTS staff to better understand the transit needs of campus.”

 

Cat Tracker will allow riders to track the buses from a computer or on-the-go. The service is updated in real-time, helping riders plan for delays caused by traffic, accidents or inclement weather. Cat Tracker will also help PTS administration provide better all-around bus service by providing reports on the efficiencies of each route.

 

In addition to visiting the Cat Tracker website, riders can track bus routes several other ways. TransLoc, the provider PTS selected through a competitive bid process, also offers free iPhone and Android apps, for on-the-go tracking of bus routes. Riders without smart phones can access route information via SMS message; each bus stop will be assigned a unique number which riders can use to receive text message updates on the buses arriving at that location. In addition, the sign at bus stops will feature a Quick Response code, or QR code, to help riders connect with buses. QR codes are matrix barcodes which can be scanned by cell phones with cameras; the QR code is then translated by one of various apps into the Cat Tracker website.

 

Along with Cat Tracker, PTS will also upgrade the CATS buses by installing automatic passenger counters. These will allow PTS to determine the popularity of each route and each stop, leading to an operation that best serves the needs of the university community.

 

Cat Tracker service is expected to begin this summer, with a full roll-out planned for the 2011 fall semester. 

new_cats_bus.jpg
January
 
 
 
 
1
 
Thu
2
 
Fri
3
 
Sat
4
 
Sun
5
 
Mon
6
 
Tue
7
 
Wed
8
 
Thu
9
 
Fri
10
 
Sat
11
 
Sun
12
 
Mon
13
Job Club: Job Search Strategies for the New Year: A 15 Day Action Plan
Tue
14
Bicycle Trivia
LNFS Presents: Hercules
Wildcat Wellness: Meditation
Wed
15
LNFS Presents: Dazed and Confused
LNFS Presents: Boyhood
MLK "I Have A Dream" Silent March, Vigil & Program
Thu
16
MLK Multicutural Org Fair
Fri
17
 
Sat
18
 
Sun
19
 
Mon
20
 
Tue
21
LNFS Presents: Mission Impossible 3
Wildcat Wellness: Meditation
Caregiver Support Group
Wed
22
LNFS Presents: Big Hero 6
LNFS Presents: Together With You (He ni zai yi ki)
Thu
23
LNFS Presents: Five Broken Cameras
LNFS Presents: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Session
Cultural Coffee Hour
Fri
24
Pershing Rifles Drill Meet
Welcome Back Students Swing Dance!
Sat
25
 
Sun
26
Career & Major Exploration Session @ 11 a.m.
Career & Major Exploration Session @ Noon
Career & Major Exploration Session @ 2 p.m.
Mon
27
Pinterest Party #1
Job Club: Using Networking to Find and Land a Hidden Job
Career & Major Exploration Session @ 1 p.m.
Career & Major Exploration Session @ 2 p.m.
Career & Major Exploration Session @ 3 p.m.
Tue
28
LNFS Presents: There Will Be Blood
Wildcat Wellness: Meditation
National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Session
Chapel Talk: Why The Church Should Support Marriage Equality
Wed
29
LNFS Presents: Mulholland Drive
LNFS Presents: Fury
Tattoo Exhibit
CatWatch Party #1
Thu
30
LNFS Presents: Clerks
LNFS Presents: Friday
Cultural Coffee Hour
Faculty Media Depot Opening Reception
Fri
31
 
Sat
Jan 30
LNFS Presents: Clerks 01/30/2015

Fri, 01/30/2015

Mon, 02/02/2015

Tue, 02/03/2015

Repeats every week until Thu Apr 30 2015 except Wed Mar 18 2015.
Wed, 02/04/2015

Reset Page