New EMTA myStop app to be available for use to students late Spring 2015

By Karlee Dies
Staff Writer/Spectator

It is 7 a.m. and your alarm is going off. You were up all night doing homework and studying and could really use a few extra minutes of sleep before your 9 a.m. class, so you hit snooze.

An hour and 45 minutes later, you wake frantically realizing you have to be to class in 15 minutes and you haven’t gotten ready yet. You rush around like crazy and out the door hoping that the bus hasn’t left yet. As you approach the bus stop, you see the bus pulling away.

Now you have missed the bus and are going to be late for your class. Does this sound like you? Does this happen to you often?

If so, a new app called “myStop” might be just the thing you need. MyStop will help prevent situations where you miss the bus and aren’t sure of when the bus will arrive to the stop.

The main function of this app is to list real time arrivals and departures. To operate the app, you simply select the route you want to take and which stop you want to get on the bus. Once it loads, you will be given the next three departure times for that route.

“What’s nice about the real-time feature is just that — it’s real time. If the bus is running late or early, the myStop app will automatically update and generate the new times,” said Meagan Cousins, the community relations and rider development coordinator for the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority.

The app features more time schedules than what could be featured in a newspaper.

“For example, the Edinboro shuttle, Edinboro Express, runs on a loop around campus. This app will allow students boarding at different buildings to now get the exact departure times rather than just guessing. No more waiting outside for the bus longer than needed. Step out when your screen alerts you the bus is just around the corner,” Cousins said.

Another feature of the app is the ability to set up alerts. Students can opt to receive an email or text message for when the bus is five minutes away or if the bus experienced some sort of difficulty like a detour.

“I think the app is a great opportunity for students to have real-time knowledge of campus shuttle bus locations. Although we have an absolutely beautiful campus, Edinboro is well known for its unpredictable winters,” said Dr. Kahan Sablo, vice president for student affairs.

“Although shuttle location technology is already available in the Pogue Student Center, the portable app will allow students to remain in a residence hall or classroom building until the shuttle bus is within close proximity to their immediate location,” Sablo said.

In the fall, another feature of the app will be available to users. The trip planner option is user-friendly and designed to make planning trips easy. All you have to do is plug in your “to” and “from” address information and a step-by-step travel plan is generated. The myStop app is set to release in June of 2015.

“Edinboro University students can ride any EMTA bus for free by simply showing their school ID. The myStop app makes understanding the bus system a lot easier and convenient. We hope this new technology will bring forward new riders,” said Cousins.

MyStop is currently only available for download by iPhone users in the Apple store. Android users can go to InfoPoint to get a lot of the same features as the app until the app is available in the Google Play Store.

For more information and tips on how to use the app, visit

Karlee Dies is a staff writer for the Spectator. She can be reached by