DCTA’s Transit Tracker is a vehicle tracking system that provides passengers with access to real-time information for the DCTA A-train, fixed-route bus and shuttle services. Passengers can track vehicles via phone, online, text and free mobile application.
The real-time information in DCTA’s Transit Tracker system is powered by Swiftly who generates schedule data in General Transit Feed Specification R package (GTFSR) format and real-time Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) data (GPS trackers installed on agency vehicles). The Transit Tracker mobile app, web portal and homepage widget are provided by Transit.
Each DCTA vehicle that contains a GPS unit can be tracked by DCTA’s Transit Tracker to provide that specific vehicle’s arrival time. Riders will be able to access real-time vehicle arrival information on the A-train, Connect Bus System (Denton and Lewisville), Campus Shuttles (University of North Texas and North Central Texas College) and Highland Village Connect Shuttle.
There are four main features of the DCTA Transit Tracker that passengers can utilize to access real-time information:
The voice feature, powered by Swiftly, allows passengers to dial in for real-time prediction of a DCTA vehicle at a chosen stop. Passengers can call 940.243.0077, select the Transit Tracker option from the phone menu, enter the stop ID (located at each bus stop and A-train station), and receive an automated real-time update on the vehicle for that location.
The web feature, powered by Transit, enables passengers to access real-time vehicle location data from most web-enabled devices and desktop computers. Passengers can utilize the web feature or widget on DCTA’s homepage to search by address to find the nearest bus or train and its arrival time.
PLEASE NOTE: Users must enter their location informatino in the pop-up to receive local information. Once your information is entered, your computer will remember that location for all future uses.
Passengers can receive SMS messages using the text feature of DCTA’s Transit Tracker. It’s simple – just text the stop ID to 64255 to receive the estimated arrival time of the bus or A-train. Stop IDs can be found on bus stop signs and on the schedules at the A-train stations. Standard messaging rates apply.
Real-time information for DCTA vehicles will be available through the free Transit mobile application that can be downloaded from Google Play and Apple iTunes. Passengers will be able to see vehicle locations in real time, find nearby stops, and get step-by-step transit directions and notifications about when to leave for their next trip.