Continuing my recent obsession with Long Beach Transit, I thought I'd highlight an awesome feature they have at some of their bus stops (44 of them so far). It's a real-time bus arrival display. Follow the link and watch the video! It gets better: some of them are solar powered :)
In other words, you show up and this thing tells you how many minutes it will be until the next bus arrives. No need for a fancy/expensive phone. It's based on GPS tracking of the bus fleet.
This is the kind of thing we could be doing if we were serious about a quality transit system. Contrary to what some people say, good bus systems DO have fixed infrastructure: signs, benches, shade, trash/recycling bins, and apparently, awesome signs that tell you when the next bus is coming.