COTA and CABS have both had bus tracking information available on their websites for some time, but it seems that they are getting easier to use now with mobile phones. COTA has a pilot service that allows riders at campus area stops to text the stop number shown on the sign to get real-time bus arrival information. The following article describes a similar texting service for CABS bus arrival times.
No more waiting at the bus stop
OSU outfits buses with GPS so students know when next will arrive
Saturday, December 12, 2009 3:19 AM
By Encarnacion Pyle
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
This fall, Ohio State rolled out a transportation program that allows students, faculty and staff members to get up-to-the-minute arrival times on all campus-area buses.
The program uses Global Positioning System technology to predict when buses will pull in along each of the Campus Area Bus Service routes in and around OSU.
Arrival times are posted on lighted signs at high-traffic bus stops and can be accessed from a computer or mobile device at trip.osu.edu or by texting 41411 and typing OSUTRIP (space) (bus stop number). For the Bevis Hall stop, for example, it would be OSUTRIP 1.
Ohio State also has introduced a new site for smart phones — m.osu.edu — that includes a “What’s Close?” function that locates users and then recommends the nearest bus stop, providing distance and arrival time.