Since shuttle routes changed, the system students use to track shuttle locations and their ETAs to different stops on campus has not been in operation and some students are wondering why.
Transloc, the Transit Visualization system, provides live feeds from GPS trackers installed in the shuttles to a map accessible online or on the mobile app, letting users know where a shuttle is and how far it is from your stop.
Now the Transloc system has not worked since the beginning of fall when the shuttle routes were changed. It is inaccurate and ETAs are not shown.
Terry Burnett, Associate Director of Auxilary Services, assures that the route changes have nothing to do with the Transloc system not being updated.
“Nextel and Sprint recently merged. When this happened, technology changed. The buses’ communication equipment quit working when the technology changed,” said Burnett.
Burnett said that Auxiliary Services ordered new equipment for the GPS and it should be in by next week.
When asked about Transloc and its recent disappearing act, most students felt that because the shuttle times are so regular, Transloc is unnecessary.
“I didn’t use it before. The route is simple,” said Christine Scott. “Is there a point? It’s a circle.”
Jhullian Donawa, a UNF graduate, said, “It doesn’t take that long to get around now that they improved the routes.
Alexis Gracey, a UNF sophomore, relies on the shuttle keeping a schedule.
“The bus usually comes within 5 minutes so I’m never far behind,” said Gracey.
Thomas Fish, a UNF freshman, found the system helpful and hopes for the update. “My car is in lot 18. It helps me figure out if it’s quicker to walk or to take the shuttle.
Many students use the transloc system, but some have never heard of it.
Burnett did not give a timeframe for when Transloc will be up and running again. He said that with the equipment coming in this week, he expects the system to be running soon.
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