USF Unveils New Bus Tracking System
TAMPA, Fla. (Mar. 2, 2010) – The University of South Florida Department of Parking & Transportation Services is unveiling a new program March 2 that will provide riders of the USF Bull Runner, the USF Tampa campus bus service, with enhanced convenience and security. The program is an Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system, which is available on the web and can be downloaded on mobile hand-held devices.
The AVL offers several services including the ability to see arrival predictions for all buses at all stops, the ability to track buses along the routes so riders can plan their day accordingly, the ability to set up alerts for recurring use via text message and bus viewing in real-time. In April, USF will also implement automatic passenger counting on buses so riders will be able to know how full a bus is before it arrives.
The new system can be viewed at www.usfbullrunner.com/ To see the application working, click on the “Live Map” and choose a route. As always, a valid USF ID is required to ride the USF Bull Runner.
Manny Lopez, director of Parking & Transportation Services said, “The Automatic Vehicle Location System is something that the students and USF President Judy Genshaft have had on their wish list and is now a reality. We are eager to offer this to the USF community and know that this system will become a popular one and an important complement to our parking and transportation options at the university.“
The AVL system was paid for out of transportation reserves and access fees and uses Syncromatics software. USF is the only university in the State University System that owns its own buses and offers the AVL program.
The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.