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Published March 10, 2013, 09:31 PM

Route Shout App makes riding the bus easier in Grand Forks

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- If you're one of those people who never thought of using public transportation, there's a new gadget in Grand forks that might make you more likely to take the bus.

By: Kayla Strayer, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- If you're one of those people who never thought of using public transportation, there's a new gadget in Grand forks that might make you more likely to take the bus.

It's a phone app, that uses your GPS to tell you where the closest bus and bus stops are.

Ali Rood/Cities Area Transit: "Route Shout is a free smart phone app."

It's the first of it's kind in North Dakota, aimed at making riding the bus a more convenient experience.

Ali: "It allows you to get basically all the information that's on the route map and schedule."

All in the palm of your hand.

Rachel Ames/Bus Rider: "I think it's helpful if people aren't right by a computer."

Ali: "You don't have to worry about getting your hands on a printed map and schedule, or go online to try to figure out the route system."

You just enable your GPS location on your device, and the app tells you where the nearest stop is and up to the minute schedule information and delays.

Ali: "It's very easy to use."

Certain features are currently available on the app, but detailed stop times and locations will be available by June.

Ali: "If you can get used to using it now with it's functionality, it will be even better in June."

The past few years have seen a record number of riders.

Ali: "In a year we have about 380,000 rides."

And officials hope the app will attract even more people to the busing system.

Rachel: "It would just let me know fast if I could get to where I wanted to go so then I would know right away if I could use it or if I had to figure something else out."

Ali: "Riding the bus is convenient, it helps save on parking, keeps our community green and it's just a great service to have."

Fargo and Bismark have contacted the makers of the app and may integrate it into their systems as well.

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