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8 Jul 2024 12:36 PM | Anonymous

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'Where is the bus?' is a question riders in Eau Claire have had for almost a year, but now the city will be rolling out a new bus-tracking app to answer that question.

EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - 'Where is the bus?' is a question riders in Eau Claire have had for almost a year, but now the city will be rolling out a new bus-tracking app to answer that question.

Eau Claire will be launching the new app in August through the company EQUANS. It replaces the TransLoc app which was discontinued last July because of what the city called too many software issues. 

The EQUANS app will let people see where their bus is in real time, plan trips, see any detours, and get any updates or announcements to make sure they don't miss their ride.

"If they have to wait in their house and time it so they're not waiting at the bus stop so long, that's huge," Eau Claire Transit manager Ty Fadness said. "Students at the university love it so they can time it that way, so we're really excited it's going to be here before the school year starts. If it's snowing, or rainy, or cold, it's much easier to time and track your routes so you know when the bus is going to be at your stop."

The cost of the tracking service is around $375,000 and is fully funded through the federal CARES Act. Fadness said it will not have an effect bus rates or city taxes and the app will be free for users to download.

Eau Claire Launching New Bus Tracking App This Summer

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