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Saturday, May 08, 2021

UF students will have to wait a little longer to track Regional Transit System buses online or on their cell phones.

On Friday, Student Government's Transportation Access Fee Committee met with Bob Miller, associate vice president of UF Business Affairs, and RTS officials to discuss plans for the installation of Global Positioning Systems on buses.

With the GPS system, students would be able to track buses en route by sending a text message to a preset number or checking the SG Web site.

"There are just certain things that the city still wants to look into," said Jordan McBee, cabinet secretary for UF Parking and Transportation.

UF Parking and Transportation traffic court reserves will pay the ,204,000 startup fee for the GPS system.

The UF Transportation Access Fee Committee will pay the ,110,000 recurring yearly cost, which includes system maintenance, McBee said.

McBee said he hopes the GPS system can be installed in all RTS buses by February or March. Complete installation on the 50 buses would take two to three months.

The system would be up and running by April "without a doubt," McBee said.

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