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ATA bus updates via e-mail, text available starting today

Transit riders are now going to be on par with freeway commuters.

Starting today, Kansas City will provide e-mail alerts to bus riders, reminding them when there next bus is arriving and whether it’s late. Bus riders also can go to the bus agency’s Web site to track the bus as it traverses city streets.

The service being offered by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is very similar to what Kansas City Scout offers to drivers on the area’s interstate system.

A year ago, Scout started sending e-mails and text messages to drivers telling them about traffic jams on major interstates

The ATA will send e-mail to you based on what route, direction and boarding location you choose. You can go to the Web sit and check it out at www.kc-metro.com/webwatch.

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