Tahoe Transportation District launches tracking app for buses

Claire Cudahy
Visitors and residents can now get real-time information on transit options in South Lake Tahoe.

South Lake Tahoe passengers can now track the status of buses on their smartphones thanks to a partnership between Tahoe Transportation District (TTD) and mobility solutions company Swiftly, Inc.

Using Swiftly’s app and GPS trackers on all TTD’s buses, riders can generate real-time information on the location of a bus, its estimated arrival time and details on delays.

“Especially for those who rely on transit to get around the region, this is a big step forward. We’re confident this program will make our transit system easier to use and more accessible to residents and visitors alike,” said George Fink, transit system program manager for TTD.

All of TTD’s routes — 50, 53, 23, 19x, 20x, and 21x — will be traceable using the Swiftly app.

“In addition to providing real time arrival predictions and a live map of where your bus is, South Lake Tahoe users can report issues, like mechanical problems or if a bus is running later than it usually does,” explained Stan Parkford, customer success manager at Swiftly, Inc.

The app does not require a login, and all feedback is anonymous, but visible to other users.

The Swiftly app also helps users plan out trips using other forms of transportation.

“You type in the address and the app will compare transportation options for you,” said Parkford, which include walking, biking or taking an Uber or bus.

“The app will provide an estimated cost for an Uber ride for the trip, and when you click to proceed, it will redirect you to the Uber app where the destination will already be inputted and you just have to click to book the ride.”

Another interesting feature of the app is an estimate on how many calories you’d burn walking or biking to your destination.

The app is free and available for Android and iPhone users through their respective app stores.

For people without smartphones, Swiftly’s service can also be accessed through a website.

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