Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Every Bus Stop Should Have This

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.

3 comments:

  1. This is super rad--thanks for highlighting it!

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  2. I'd just like to point out that RTA deployed these quite some time before LBT. We've got them at the downtown terminal, Tyler mall (southern hub for the system), and at a few high-traffic stops downtown. There's also a smartphone-friendly bus tracker at http://rtabus.com

    http://www.riversidetransit.com/articles/08-0416a.htm
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ridinginriverside/3583000114/

    Point is, Long Beach is getting serious press in the blogosphere for something that we've had for years.

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  3. @ JN

    Fair enough. I tip my hat to RTA as well, and all of the other agencies that I don't know about that are doing stuff like this :)

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