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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- No one wants to be standing out in the
cold for long, especially waiting for a bus.
Some developers volunteered to create a service that can shorten the
amount of time people have to wait.
Many have to depend on public
transportation to get to where they need to be. There's a new application
available online that tracks TARC buses in real time. WDRB Reporter Paige
Quiggins tested out www.YourMapper.Com to see how well it works.
Thousands hop on the TARC bus every
day. Those who depend on it understand
that with weather and traffic, comes delays.
"You sit there and wait and wait and
wait," said TARC Rider Terry Krahwinkel.
TARC Rider Keisha Matlock said for the
most part, the TARCs come on time, but in the cold temperatures, delays cause frustration
"Especially with as cold as it's been
-- you sit there and you freeze your butt off," said Krahwinkel.
Matlock said she had some recent
encounters that caused her schedule to have to change.
"Just last week we had a bus, number
29 that was an hour late. It took me about ten minutes to even get through to
the TARC place and by the time they got on the phone, they told us no bus was
coming, we would have to wait for the 224 to come," Matlock said.
Krahwinkel said he has been riding the
TARC for 3 years because he does not have a driver's license. He said that he usually does not have many problems,
but things can change with unforeseen circumstances.
"Yesterday, my 23 coming from Fern
Valley was running 3 minutes late. Well, that three minutes caused me to miss
my 29 and I stood out in the cold for 45 minutes," Krahwinkel said.
Developer Michael Schnuerle said the YourMapper.Com
application was developed to change that.
"It takes a snapshot of every bus, so
you can see where the bus is, what the delay is, where the next stop is and the
actual route it's traveling," said Schnuerle.
"It will tell you when you click the
bus, which one is yours so you know when it is coming to your stop."
As WDRB updated the tracker via a
smartphone, Reporter Paige Quiggins said the application appeared to follow the
bus on an accurate timeline.
Schnuerle said TARC released the
information to four volunteer developers a few months ago. In our on-the-go society, he said the city is
ahead of schedule..
"Most cities have released their
scheduling information and to the public so that's what HopStop uses, so you
can use HopStop in Louisville," said Schnuerle.
HopStop is an application that maps
routes for travelers using public transportation.
"But for real time information, the
exact location of every bus, there's not that many cities that are doing it,
maybe ten in the United States," said Schnuerle.
"So Louisville is one of ten cities
that has this real time information out there. so we are on the same ranks as
Chicago, New York, D.C. and so I think we are ahead of the times releasing this
For those bundled up, waiting to work
or play, they say it's going to be a big help.
"Yes it would because you wouldn't be
standing out on the bus for so long," said Krahwinkel.
Matlock said for her and her son, the
Your Mapper application would be "Awesome."
To get from Bardstown Road and Eastern
Parkway on Bus 17 just before noon, it took exactly twenty minutes to get to
the stop at 8th and Jefferson Streets. The application was refreshed every minute
and the 1 minute delay that was reported did not increase.
Schnuerle said other smartphone
application developers were working to get a system in place that could be
better suited for mobile devices. He
said he recommended the site for actual computers because the screen is much