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Where is my Bus?

  Posted on Monday December 25, @03:04PM Pacific
Net Devices With NextBus you will know the answer. You can get actual arrival information — not schedules — for your bus or train stops on your handheld Internet device. NextBus is not a static schedule listing — it is actual arrival information, updated at regular intervals. NextBus uses satellite technology and advanced computer modeling to track vehicles on their routes. Each vehicle is fitted with a satellite tracking system. Taking into account the actual position of the buses, their intended stops, and the typical traffic patterns, NextBus can estimate vehicle arrivals with a high degree of accuracy. This estimate is updated constantly. NextBus is not available in my area, but if you've tried it out let us know what you think.

 
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    Re: Where is my Bus? -- TTC

    by secret admirer on Tuesday January 09, @05:06PM
    About 13 years ago I lived in Toronto. Each bus stop had a phone number, and each bus was tracked at major intersections. A quick call to the number while going out the door would get you a synthetic voice of the next three bus times at that stop. It was extremely useful and I don't know why I haven't found it elsewhere.


    Interestingly, I can't find a mention of this at TTC's website. Is is still used?
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    Re: Where is my Bus?

    by Bryce on Tuesday January 16, @07:42PM
    Yes! I use this in San Francisco (not the mobile version, though - I hit the website before going out the door to catch MUNI) and it's fantastic. ON select MUNI Lines, they're also displaying NextBus information on a scrolling LCD display in the bus stop shelter. Very handy...
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    Re: Where is my Bus?

    by tagger dude on Sunday January 28, @05:50AM
    los angeles sucks. busses suck. bad transportation. late busses. graffiti busses. actually, i tag myself! heh heh
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    Re: Where is my Bus?

    by Ken Schmier on Tuesday October 26, @08:18PM
    As inventor and founder and CEO I admit to a degree of bias.
    Nevertheless, I do use buses that are served by NextBus and I find it very useful. I do not leave my office until I know the Emery-Go-Round or AC Transit 19 will be outside. Transfering from the Golden Gate Transit 42 to the AC Transit 72 Rapid I was assured the vehicle would come in 3 minutes, and had that time been longer I could have taken the 72 local that was already at the stop but woud have been slower to my destination.
    I use NextBus on my Wap phone, a convenient way to get NB information.
    The engineers at NextBus have done a great job of building out this idea. Do we have problems? Sure we do. But we have identified most of them and have thought through solutions. Hopefully our customer base will grow to sufficiently support us so that we can build an almost perfect solution.
    Ken Schmier
    CEO NextBus
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