City holds Ride Transit Free week, releases new bus app

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The City of Minot will offer a Ride Transit Free week from Aug. 14 to 18, when it also will be launching a new bus-tracking mobile app.

During those days, there will be no charge to use the City of Minot transit buses, which will run their regular schedules.

“We offered a Ride Transit Free week last year, and it was very well-received by the residents of Minot,” said Brian Horinka, transit superintendent. “It provides an opportunity for our regular riders to use the system free for a week, but it also helps showcase the system for those who may be less familiar with what the City of Minot transit system has to offer.”

The launch of the new mobile application will help riders track buses on their smartphones or through the Minot City Transit website on an interactive map. The RouteShout 2.0 app can be downloaded on iPhone and Android devices at no cost from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Riders will be able to more conveniently plan trips, reduce wait times at bus stops and be notified of any schedule or route changes in real-time through their smartphones.

“We want to provide all our riders who rely on us every day with the latest transit technology so they can get to work, appointments, and school on time. This helps riders better plan their day and helps us support them,” Horinka said.

In addition to being able to follow buses to see how far they are from a bus stop, riders can also use the “Locate Me” GPS function within RouteShout 2.0 to determine the closest bus stop and save favorite routes and stops for quick look-ups. When emergencies, route changes or weather conditions occur that may affect service, riders can also subscribe to receive notifications.

The RouteShout 2.0 traveler information system is provided by Routematch Software, an Atlanta-based transit technology company that works extensively with transit agencies.