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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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