Problem with Transit
Takes too much time!
We must reduce travel time
Transit Customer Base
• Areas where parking is limited
• The poor
• People with disabilities
Need to attract additional riders!
Need to do more, with less
• Additional vehicles
• Dedicated right of way
Cost Effective Technologies
• Transit signal priority
• Reducing number of stops
• Fare cards for quicker boarding
• Real-Time Passenger
What NextBus Provides
1. We tell users, for every stop, when the
next vehicle is going to arrive
“Next bus in 5 minutes”
2. Can also display informational messages
“Detour next week due
3. AVL & Management tools (Reports, Maps)
“Avg. Headway – 36 min.”
Reduced wait time means reduced travel time.
Reduces wait time to a couple of minutes.
Cuts perceived wait time in half.
How it works
GPS AVL Data
NextBus Data Algorithms
NextBus Clients - 2009
Public Agency University Corporate
How you can make an impact…
Provide something that people
will be completely addicted to
Very high usage
Daily Website Visitors for San Francisco MTA
Smart Phone Usage
Usage from iPhones, Blackberries, etc increasing the fastest
About 1/3 the usage for San Francisco system
It has literally changed my life. It means an extra 10
minutes playing with my baby in the morning. It means finishing
off my cup of coffee, when in the past I'd drop it off in the sink
But what something like NextBus taught me is that
practical tech is the sexiest tech.
Greatly reduces my stress.
This is fabulous. Well done!
I love the convenience of this service!
Without NextBus, I wouldn't ride the bus.
You guys are amazing! I love your service.
I no longer have any excuse for driving to work!
I use NextBus all the time and i love you for it.
Purpose of XML Feed
• Go beyond what NextBus can provide
• Try out new ideas
• Increase ridership
What is the XML Feed?
• Simple RESTful way for an app to
• XML format
– Easy to parse
– Easy to expand
• Configuration data
– Routes, stops, paths
• Real-time data
– Arrival/Departure predictions
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