Boca launches new shuttle-tracking app in time for Yamato Road closure

Yamato Road at the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority tracks also closed in 2004. At the time, traffic near the closure was light, but surrounding areas experienced backups. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

Yamato Road at the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority tracks also closed in 2004. At the time, traffic near the closure was light, but surrounding areas experienced backups. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

BOCA RATON — The city added four new shuttles and a tracking app to their commuter service ahead of a six-day closure on Yamato Road.

The free shuttle service serve the northeast portion of Boca Raton, and take commuters from the Tri-Rail station on Yamato Road to businesses along Congress Avenue and Military Trail. The recently launched tracking app shows the locations of the free shuttles.

They city is encouraging people to download the app and utilize the shuttle service during a six-day closure of Yamato Road at the Tri-Rail tracks, just west of Interstate 95. The road was closed at 5 a.m. today, and will remain shut down until Oct. 19.

The project includes removing and replacing the tracks and the surface of the roadway, according to FDOT.

The four shuttles, which carry up to 20 people at a time, run continuously from 6:30-10:30 a.m. for the morning commute, then 3:30-7:30 p.m. for the afternoon and evening. Only one shuttle runs between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

To download the app, visit http://publictransportation.tsomobile.com/boca.htm.