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ASUM Unveils Online, Mobile Bus Tracking Systems

The Associated Students of The University of Montana Office of Transportation has developed a real-time online mapping service and text-alert system to take the anxiety of when the bus is coming out of riding the bus.

The online mapping service at http://www.asumbus.com allows users to locate where buses are along each of ASUM Transportation’s three Park N Ride routes. Riders also may track buses by texting “asumbus,” followed by a space and their stop number, to 41411 to find out when the next bus is coming. The University of Utah bus system has had positive feedback from riders since it started using the same services.

ASUM Transportation operates shuttles from three Park N Ride locations: Lewis & Clark Villages on Higgins and Benton avenues, South and Higgins avenues, and the East Broadway lot. There also is a shuttle between the UM College of Technology and the main campus, and the late-night U-DASH shuttle runs between the main campus, south campus and downtown Missoula several nights a week. The system provided a record 198,600 rides during autumn semester 2010.

The bus system makes a tremendous difference in reducing congestion, reducing emissions and increasing accessibility on campus. Student fees pay for this service, which is open to the public.

For more information, call ASUM Transportation Director Nancy Wilson at 406-243-4599 or e-mail nancy.wilson@mso.umt.edu.