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Re: A Close Look into MTA's Bus Tracking system.... BusTrek

Posted by mr mabstoa on Tue Feb 5 17:53:22 2013, in response to A Close Look into MTA's Bus Tracking system.... BusTrek, posted by Gold_12th on Tue Feb 5 13:41:11 2013.

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I work in Bus-Trek now out of West Farms depot/Bronx Road Control. The Bus Trek website is what we use to log in at work and I can use it at home or a laptop anywhere else.

The system is nice because it feels like a fancy train model board almost. You see every bus, the bus operators info, bus number and schedule.

The system is not perfect however. The information is loaded every 40-60 seconds so a bus may be off a block or two from you are seeing. Also in some sections of the Bronx and Manhattan buses disappear and act strange. Manhattans WestSide (12 Av/Riverside) is bad and so is the South Bronx (138 St-Bruckner). Buses here ghost and get stuck for hours. One bus we were watching the other day was going across the Hudson river to N.J and it was a BX19 going towards the Bronx!

However the system is really nice in helping road dispatchers fixing the lines. I look for bunching and operators playing the terminal game of whose going to leave first. Also many dispatchers call looking for runs and buses.

Theres the usual politics as in everything associated with "Authorities". One day its don't do this and the next day its do this or that. Sometimes I hate the MTA for that. They have these great technologies and great innovative things they can do with them but they won't, don't or can't. Its like working for Mr Magoo sometimes they have no vision.

All said I like my new assignment and I'll see how I feel about it in December when I'm done with it.

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