Ocean City Today

OC bus locator phone app goes live on NYE

By Greg Ellison | Dec 21, 2017
Courtesy of: Jessica Waters Ocean City bus riders will find the new TransLoc Rider active beginning on New Year’s Eve, with each stop uniquely identified to check arrival status by web or text.

(Dec. 22, 2017) Ocean City buses will be free to ride and easier to find on New Year’s Eve, as the resort launches its a new bus locator phone app with real time locations and precise arrival times.

Communications Manager Jessica Waters said the TransLoc Rider app, which is also accessible through web browser or text, is currently in the test phase and would go live at the end of the month.

“We know New Year’s Eve is a big night for using public transportation, so we thought it would be a good time to do the preview,” she said. “We’re still working out some kinks, but it has been pretty smooth so far.”

Several years ago, Ocean City began investigating methods to provide a safer and more pleasant experience for mass transit riders, Waters said.

“The number one question we get is, ‘Where’s the bus,’” she said. “It’s been a priority for the Transportation Committee for quite sometime.”

Well aware comparable technology was widely used in larger urban areas, Waters said the town wanted to provide a similar experience for visitors.

“The people from the city expect it and it’s the conveniences of the city we want to bring here,” she said.

The TransLoc Rider app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices, permits users to program favorite routes, Waters said.

“It’s kind of like a GPS system,” she said. “I can see the bus moving on my [phone] screen.”

In lieu of downloading the TransLoc Rider app, patrons can also find real time bus locations online at oct.transloc.com. Or simply text 414-11 with the bus stop id number at your location to receive accurate arrival times.

“Each bus stop will have a sign with a bus id number,” she said.

Ultimately, regular bus users stand to benefit the most, Waters said, especially when the weather outside is frigid.

“You can stay in your apartment and stay warm for an extra 10 minutes,” she said.

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