Showing 5 ideas for tag "transit"

Phase 2 (Concluded) Log in and Rate the challenges: Mar 5-16

Make a reliable and functional alternative transportation system

While Calgary has dedicated significant resources to automobile transportation, any other way to get around our great city is a dismal failure, especially during our long winters. I would like to see a transit system that is dependable, comfortable, and doesn't break down on a daily basis, especially for predictable events, such as weather. I would like to see bicycle lanes that are contiguous and connected, and don't... more »
What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

Calgarian lives will improve with safe, alternative transportation choices. Societally, getting people moving together safely and comfortably will facilitate real life interactions, and reduce our increasingly isolated digital lives. There will be less impacts on the environment from a consumable and output perspective. It will make Calgarians happy, and get them where they need to go. We could also reduce taxes by investing in high return human scaled infrastructure, instead of simply building and maintaining more roads.

How could we make it happen with technology or data? (Attainable)

Technology could provide better, more reliable transit vehicles. We could have a simple app that shows you where your bus or Ctrain is in real time. You could use a map to find gaps within bicycle routes. You could satellite images to determine poor sidewalks, and where snow is inappropriately stored. You could enhance 311 to report sidewalks and bike lanes with immediate feedback. You could heat sidewalks and bus shelters with energy recruited from alternative energy sources. Ultimately, you just need to put some resources into it.

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Phase 3 Share your ideas! (Completed) March 19 - April 2

Public Transit Tracking System

Basic idea: equip all buses and Ctrains with GPS and create an app so that users can tell exactly where their next bus is and how many minutes for YOUR stop. It's a real time map and a text interface.


Possible extension: wireless internet access on the bus for patrons.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

It will include every single individual bus and train active at any moment. People can access these data any time anywhere, and schedule their time more sensibly. Every citizen can have the app for their phone, tablet, or computer. It could help everyone!

Imagine that you left your laptop on the bus. In ten seconds you can find out where that bus is, and you could intercept it and retrieve your item! Imagine knowing that it takes 3 minutes to get to your bus stop and having an alarm sound when it was time to leave. No more frozen cheeks.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Clearly the accesses to the live system could be counted, since they are on online. Queries for individual buses, routes, or riders can be assessed. The app could have a direct link for service and complaints, available at the press of a button.

And, of course, if ridership increases it will be a huge win.

How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

That part is clear. GPS technology is cheap and easily available now. Most cellphones possess a GPS chip. Putting one or two on each bus would not be remarkably expensive. Creating a link to a central computer could be accomplished easily as well, either using wireless access along the routes (which could perhaps be extended so that riders could access the internet) or at worst by access points at each stop.

The real technology would be the software, which could provide:

  1. A real time map.
  2. The location of buses on any route.
  3. Accurate ETA for any specific stop.
  4. Estimated trip time, including transfer connections.


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Calgary Transit Idea: Transit Card Passes & Fares

The change with Calgary Transit Passes to Card passes is to reduce the monthly fee payment among transit riders and citizens of the costly transit passes that are very close to reaching $100 per pass. The simple way we can reduce the cost of passes and fares is to replace them with new Card Passes and Fares.
Card Passes and Fares will replace a the majority of the paper pass and fare, the costly price of the monthly... more »

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Better bus back doors

As I am a frequent transit user I have noticed many things about the buses etc.

One thing I've noticed more than others is people struggling to open the back door, for one reason or another.

My idea is that we change the current back doors to mirror those on the new trains. One button on one of the doors, one simple push and it opens, no holding a handle or waving to a sensor.

This will also come with a red light to... more »

Phase 3 Share your ideas! (Completed) March 19 - April 2

On Demand Busing

Instead of running buses on fixed routes at all hours, use trip planning and usage data to determine optimal routes. You could also have transit users request pickup/drop-off destinations to adjust bus routes on the fly.


Would result in more efficient busing and likely serious cost savings.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

Completed paradigm shift in how bus routes are setup and maintained. Would make better use of big data, crowd-sourcing, and GPS tracking.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Lower overall transit cost, shorter busing times, increased ridership.

How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

Applications in statistical analysis, way-finding algorithms, big data, and crowd-sourcing.


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