From the Ask Joe file one of our viewers has a question about the new bus stations in town.
Ken wrote in asking why, after RTC spent all the money on the RAPID system's new bus stops have they failed to repair the electronic timers that display the next arrival at 6 of the 14 stops ?
Ken says it seems like they just wasted a lot of taxpayer money .
The RTC RAPID is a limited stop bus service that launched in 2009. And RTC says they are aware of this concern our viewer has brought up.
Michael Moreno at the Regional Transportation Commission says some of the smaller RAPID stations have solar panels that charge a battery used to operate the signs. During the winter...Those panels do not get enough sun to charge sufficiently.
RTC is working to resolve the issue through either bigger batteries or by installing timers to shut the system off late at night to save energy.
If that doesn't work they will have to wire them directly to a power meter. Moreno says that would be expensive, so they're hoping to avoid that option.
But they hope to have the situation resolved by the end of the year.
As a reminder, there is a smartphone app for this. It's called Nextbus Realtime Bus Tracker. The app is programmed to tell you when the next bus arrives.