Using Apps: Route Shout

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RouteShout is a free mobile app that allows riders to see where the bus is and when it will arrive through an online bus tracking service — from their  smartphones or the Web. This service is now available to CATS riders.

 

Get real time arrival predictions and more for CATS buses with transit tracking services.

  • Mobile Web: Go to m.RouteShout.com - no install required!
  • iPhone or iPad: Get the App Here - enhanced features
  • Android: Download from Google Play, search "RouteShout"
  • SMS / TXT:  Now available! Texting only; does not require a "smartphone."

 

How to use the new SMS/ texting feature

Photo of new bus stop placard sign at shelter along Florida BoulevardThis exciting new feature is based on a 4-digit number —a "stop ID"—unique to each CATS bus stop. New placards are being installed at high-use stops along Florida Boulevard and Airline Highway. These signs identify the stop ID number and bus lines serving each stop. In the future, new signs will be coming to stops throughout the CATS service area.

If you know the Stop ID for your location, simply text brcats plus the Stop ID (for example: brcats1988) to the CATS Trax service number 25252. The system will reply with a list of predicted bus arrival times during the next hour as illustrated in the image below obtained from an Android device. Similar results will appear on an iPhone.

The CATS Trax texting service number - 25252 - does not change and can be added to your cellphone as a contact for future use.

 

graphic illustrating CATS Trax SMS texting feature

 

My stop doesn't have a new sign yet. How can I find it's Stop ID?

If you have a computer with internet access, you can look it up on a map online in either of two ways.

  1. Use our CATS Trax portal, turn on all routes, zoom in to your location, and click on the nearest blue bus stop icon. The system will display the stop name, ID, and then list scheduled arrivals.
  2. Use Google Maps to actually plan a transit trip. The stop IDs will be revealed on the trip itinerary as illustrated on the image below.

example of Google Trip Planner map with transit trip itinerary