"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." ~Mahatma Gandhi
It seems like a lot of the article of about the tracking ability, which they've had here for years.
And which TriMet does not consistently use on its buses (as demonstrated by a bus that was over ten minutes late, and when the Operator called Dispatch the Dispatcher had no idea where the bus was.)And...Transit Tracker is widely unavailable for many bus riders, and not everyone has access to a cell phone for using Transit Tracker at a bus stop. But why worry about those riders?
And which TriMet does not consistently use on its busesNo, it would be that it doesn't always consistently (as in 100% of the time) work. I'm pretty sure there's various parts of the system that can decide to not function, and at least some of the technology is from the mid 90's. However, replacement is underway.As for access, many many people do in fact have cell phones, and moreover, lots of trips are started at home or work, where virtually everybody has some type of phone (or computer) available.
As of 2 years ago, 91% of the US population had use of a cell phone. It has only grown since.If they don't have access to a cell phone, they can always ask someone they're waiting with, check before they leave or (gasp) use the schedule.I don't think it's worth TriMet's investment to install lots and lots of transit tracker signs everywhere.
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