Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Next train in 10 minutes

I've always thought that one of the big drawbacks of transit-taking is not knowing how long you have to wait for the next train or bus. It won't get you there any earlier to know, but it would make waiting a much less anxious experience. (Plus, you'll know if you have time to grab a cup of coffee.)

There are a couple of GPS-based projects in the San Francisco area to provide next-train information.

Can you imagine if you could go to a bus stop, send a text message to a unique number for the bus stop/bus combination and find out how long until the next bus?

Sorry, NS&S will not have equivalent "next post" functionality.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Next train/bus info is the norm in European cities big and small. And bus and train/tram/subway stops have the schedule posted - no guessing when the next one is scheduled to come. The US is so backward when it comes to these things.