MassDOT Developers Conference - NextBus Real-Time Presentation


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MassDOT Developers Conference - NextBus Real-Time Presentation

  1. 1. Real-Time Passenger Information Presented to: MassDOT Developers Conference November 14, 2009
  2. 2. Our Competition +
  3. 3. Reality
  4. 4. Problem with Transit Takes too much time! We must reduce travel time
  5. 5. Transit Customer Base • Areas where parking is limited • The poor • People with disabilities Need to attract additional riders!
  6. 6. Bad Economy Greater Ridership Less Money Need to do more, with less
  7. 7. Expensive Solutions • Additional vehicles • Dedicated right of way • Tunnels
  8. 8. Cost Effective Technologies • Transit signal priority • Reducing number of stops • Fare cards for quicker boarding • Real-Time Passenger Information
  9. 9. 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 to construction” 3. AVL & Management tools (Reports, Maps) “Avg. Headway – 36 min.”
  10. 10. Why Important Reduced wait time means reduced travel time. Reduces wait time to a couple of minutes. Cuts perceived wait time in half.
  11. 11. How it works GPS AVL Data GPS Satellites ))) Data Center Wireless Communications
  12. 12. Processing Data GPS AVL from buses NextBus Data Algorithms Route Accessible Configurations Info Schedules Block Assignments Historical Travel Info
  13. 13. NextBus Clients - 2009 65+ customers Public Agency University Corporate
  14. 14. How you can make an impact… Provide something that people will be completely addicted to
  15. 15. But remember, crime does not pay
  16. 16. Very high usage Daily Website Visitors for San Francisco MTA
  17. 17. Smart Phone Usage Usage from iPhones, Blackberries, etc increasing the fastest About 1/3 the usage for San Francisco system
  18. 18. Feedback From Passengers 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 completely full. But what something like NextBus taught me is that practical tech is the sexiest tech.
  19. 19. Feedback From Passengers Greatly reduces my stress. This is fabulous. Well done! I love the convenience of this service! Without NextBus, I wouldn't ride the bus. Unbelievably helpful 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.
  20. 20. Purpose of XML Feed • Go beyond what NextBus can provide • Try out new ideas • Increase ridership
  21. 21. What is the XML Feed? • Simple RESTful way for an app to query data • XML format – Easy to parse – Easy to expand • Configuration data – Routes, stops, paths • Real-time data – Arrival/Departure predictions