A new service has taken the guesswork out of waiting for the Yale shuttle. Anyone with a computer, a Web-based cell phone or a PDA can track the shuttle’s progress on an online map of New Haven and the Yale campus. Yale Shuttle Services, part of the Parking and Transportation Department, offers the service, called Transit Visualization System, at http://to.yale.edu/shuttle.
Green, blue, orange and purple routes are outlined on a map of the Yale campus. Buses move along their routes in real time. Yale students, staff and faculty can track the shuttle’s progress and leave offices or classrooms in time to catch a ride.
The buses usually appear on the computer about five seconds behind their actual location on the street. This difference is due to several factors, including network traffic, computer speed and the number of programs running on a computer.