A few years ago, Maryland’s bus tracking technology was in its infancy.
Today, Maryland is well on its way to becoming the first state in the country to fully roll out the bus conversion tracking system.
It’s called MDT (Mass Transit Administration) Bus Tracker, and it will help provide the public with a more reliable way to know when the next bus is on the road.MDT’s new bus conversion system will work by connecting the MBTA’s buses with smartphone apps that will notify riders when the buses are converted, and when they’re not.
The apps will also track the buses’ position in real-time, so riders can see when the conversions are happening and where they’re headed.
The system will initially only work with the MBTs Green Line and Blue Line buses.
But the app will be expanded to include other MBTs, such as the Silver Line and Red Line, as well as the Blue Line’s and Green Line’s Orange and Yellow lines.
The MBTA will use the app to notify riders of buses that are converting, but they won’t be notified when they are not.
That’s a critical feature for the MBT, which has long struggled with notifying riders when its buses are not moving.
The new bus tracking app is scheduled to be available in early 2019.
Maryland Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said in a press release that the app is part of a larger effort to reduce delays, reduce congestion, and improve public safety.
“I think it’s the most important thing we’ve ever done in the history of the MB,” Pollack told The Washington Times.
“It’s an amazing thing for Maryland, and we’ll see what the results are.
We’ll see how it works out.”
The MBT is in the process of implementing the new system, and Pollack has made it clear that she expects it to be completed by the end of 2019.