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DTA’s WebWatch satellite-based tracking feature upgraded

Published: Expires: 9/14/2009

“WebWatch” now using Google Maps and Microsoft’s Virtual Earth mapping technology

The Duluth Transit Authority’s online GPS-based bus tracking feature – WebWatch – has recently been upgraded with mapping technology by Google Maps and Microsoft’s Virtual Earth. In addition, major and minor bus stops are also now available on WebWatch. The new mapping technology provides enhanced aerial views of the terrain when tracking buses along routes.

WebWatch is an interactive feature on the DTA’s website that allows riders to obtain real-time schedule information and track buses with a click of the mouse.

WebWatch tracks buses and predicts in real-time when buses will arrive at their next bus stops. Using GPS-based satellite tracking, the WebWatch calculates when a bus will arrive at its stops.

Through the use of satellite tracking and GPS-based technology, WebWatch allows riders to access real-time bus schedule information for their stop and monitor their bus on a map as the bus makes its way along the route. WebWatch calculates when a bus will arrive at a selected stop based on the actual time the bus passes GPS points along its route.

WebWatch users select the bus route they need, indicate the direction of travel and choose their stop; and WebWatch provides a real-time estimate for the next three arrival times at that stop.

WebWatch real-time schedule times and live bus tracking maps are updated every minute.

WebWatch allows riders to see exactly when their bus will arrive at their stop while still at home, work-site, school and other web-friendly environments, and plan their schedule accordingly. Wait-time at bus stops can be reduced and trip planning improved.

WebWatch can be accessed from desktop and laptop computers along with web-enabled mobile communication devices.

Google Maps and Microsoft’s Virtual Earth mapping technology replaced Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) application software previously used by WebWatch. In the past WebWatch users were prompted to download free SVG Adobe software; but now with Google Maps and Microsoft’s Virtual Earth mapping systems, it is not necessary.

The DTA introduced WebWatch in February of 2008 and was the first transit system in Minnesota and third in the nation to provide the real time schedule and live bus tracking feature on its website.

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