• Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact

  • Bus Predictions Page

    February 9th, 2015
    tech, transit
    As someone who makes extensive use of buses to get around, having predictions fed by real-time location data is wonderful. The typical way for someone to use this information, however, is something like:
    1. Open an app on the phone.
    2. App looks up your location with GPS+WiFi (slow).
    3. App makes network request for predictions for nearby stops.
    4. App shows you the next buses to depart.
    This is a friendly interface for something you don't use very often, but it's pretty slow. It's hard to speed up while keeping the location detection, but you know where you are. So what I do is I have a set of bookmarks, each set to show the predictions at a stop I regularly am interested in.

    When I wake up in the morning I open "94 in," which shows me predictions for the stop where I get on the 94 in to Davis. If I'm downtown and want to know if I should take the Red Line to Davis to catch the 94 or the Orange Line to Sullivan to catch the 95, I would open "94 out" and "95 out" and compare them. I know which bus and stop I'm interested in, I just want to know how long until the bus gets there.

    These are all bookmarks to particular stops on mbtainfo.com. This is the best site I've used, though there are still things I don't like about it. The main thing I don't like is that the page takes multiple round trips to load something that could be just a simple lightweight page of html with inline css, and occasionally I have poor cell service when I'm making one of these requests. It's:

    1. Click bookmark on the phone.
    2. Browser makes network request for html for predictions for the chosen stop.
    3. Browser shows you the time until the bus gets there.

    (Why don't I use mbtaplot, seeing as I wrote it? It was something I designed for desktop use, both in terms of screen size and an assumption that you'd have a high bandwidth internet connection. If I were to write something now it would be much lighter weight, probably not visual at all, and to update it you'd refresh the page.)

    Comment via: google plus, facebook

    Recent posts on blogs I like:

    Be less scared of overconfidence

    deferring to markets • deferring to experts • deferring to low-information heuristics • why they fail • blindness to outliers • what to do instead

    via benkuhn.net November 30, 2022

    Corncob Dolls

    I went to a farm and at the farm I got to see a corncrib and the corn that had fell out of the corncrib that no one wanted I got to use my fingers to take off the corn kernels and once the cobs were empty I put them in a bag and then once I got back to the…

    via Anna Wise's Blog Posts November 7, 2022

    Light Switch

    When I got my loft bed it was just so annoying every morning to have to get out of bed, climb down the ladder, turn the light on, and climb back up, just so I could see stuff. I decided to make a string for my light switch because I really wanted to be abl…

    via Lily Wise's Blog Posts November 7, 2022

    more     (via openring)


  • Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact