FastCAT app unavailable for bus route's launch

Monday, August 13, 2012 | 10:27 a.m. CDT; updated 3:36 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 13, 2012

COLUMBIA — RouteShout, an app that will help riders track buses on the FastCAT route, isn't operational yet.

FastCAT began operation at 6:30 a.m. Monday as scheduled, but according to a news release, the app would not display data from GPS systems installed on the buses used for the route. 


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City staff worked through the weekend to resolve the technical issue before the route's launch, the release stated.

Public information specialist Steven Sapp of the Public Works Department said transit officials will continue to work with RouteShout and AT&T until the app is up and running.

"We're shooting for the end of the week," Sapp said.

In the meantime, riders can find a schedule and a list of FastCAT stops at Sapp said riders should be able to catch a FastCAT bus at any of the route's stops every 15 minutes.

The new route will be free to all users from Monday through Aug. 27.

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Richard Saunders August 13, 2012 | 4:38 p.m.

I like how they are running TWO buses on the route, but yet still aren't smart enough to run one in each direction of the route.

Has it ever occurred to the route planners that in order to ride a bus somewhere, one has to have the ability to get BACK to your starting point?

I've been around Columbia for over twenty years, and not ONCE in that time have I found it possible to ride a bus from Point A to Point B and back, without having to ride the ENTIRE route.

Is this really so hard to understand? Or will it require another federal grant entitled, "Quit being so stupid!"

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