frontbikerack6Do you ever try to estimate where your bus is and how long it will take to arrive to your location? You are not alone in your frustration. Thankfully, modern technology has a realistic solution for the traveling woes of commuters like you. GPS Tracking devices may soon help you better plan your trip to school or work when relying on public transportation. Brett McCall of Asheville, North Carolina, will propose a plan this Wednesday to the Transit Commission that calls for a relatively inexpensive GPS system to give commuters the real time location of city buses. McCall’s main point is that the cost of Glympse, the GPS program anticipated for the plan, is notably less expensive when juxtaposed to comparable tracking services and he believes that these systems can resolve the unpredictability of the bus system in a cost-effective manner.

The primary test cost of the project on Route 9 is $1,000 for one month. But don’t expect the town to pitch in, at least not yet. Support from both individual citizens and local businesses is vital to the success of this program, since the Transit Commission has not yet authorized it.

“We are hoping to be able to fund all or most of this test phase with private funds, demonstrating to the Transit Commission that there is public support for such a plan,” says Stephen Eggett, one of the project’s volunteers. “Since Route 9 has a direct impact on West Asheville and its businesses, we hope we can count on the West Asheville Business Association for support. In exchange for this support, we propose to advertise, on the buses, the businesses and associations that made this test possible,” he explains.

As for the icing on the cake, the GPS tracking program and intended road improvements, as dictated in the Asheville Master Downtown plan, will cohesively work together to allure new commuters. If the reliability of the bus system improves, more people will be attracted to the concept of commuting and many positive consequences can result, including less traffic and therefore less pollution in addition to more revenue for the transportation system.

Although a very inventive idea and greatly necessary for commuters, this is not the first time it has been brought to the drawing board. According to the Tufts Daily, this past spring Boston College implemented a GPS tracking program on their campus shuttle buses. This plan was based on designs from other colleges including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, Harvard University, and Tufts University.

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Aside from notebooks, pencils, and pens, a 14-year-old girl was apparently packing a gun in her backpack on Monday afternoon. The girl, who had been bullied, pulled out the gun and began to load it, when 18 year-old Kaleb Eulls, a star athlete and now local hero, came to the rescue. He was able to tackle the girl and disarm the gun, ensuring the bus rider’s safety.

Eulls explains, “I just realized something had to be done, and it was just a lot of kids on the bus and [I] couldn’t let anything happen to them,” he said. “I tried to grab her attention, just keep her from pointing it at anyone else in the bus,” he said. In a matter of seconds, the girl was disarmed before any serious damage could be done.

Reports state that the 14 year-old girl (whose identity remains private) was bullied and is now being held in a county youth detention center. She has been charged with possession of a firearm on school property, 22 counts of attempted aggravated assault, and kidnapping.

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Mothers who send their children to school on the school bus system are often concerned with the safety of their child. Well parents in the Pike County School system can breathe even easier than most. Park County School have partnered up with Sprint Nextel and Telenav Track to install GPS cell phones on all of the county school buses.

Tom Hicks of the PCS transportation department stated “Over the past few years, buses have been hijacked in other places. this system helps protect our buses.”

According to Hicks, Sprint provided the equipment and it was all installed right before school started. Through this system county officials have the ability to see the exact mileage of the buses as well as their exact location and speeds.

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