April 17, 2004

GPS Bus Tracker

Category: Transit

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Boulder, CO: Brilliant. This amazing GPS bus tracking system shows you the current position and speed of busses in Boulder, Colorado. It's only a matter of time before these things are at every bus stop.

Posted by Nick at April 17, 2004 1:16 AM

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HA! That's cool. I await the day when the interface catches up to the technology and can provide, for example, a route map to show exactly where each bus is headed (and even where the stops are). Perhaps estimated arrival times at each stop would be nice too.

It's amazing that I could sit in the Netherlands and check the temperature of a bus engine in Boulder but that when standing at a bus stop in Boulder I still have no idea when the bus will show up.

Posted by: Andrew at April 27, 2004 9:30 PM

San Francisco's MUNI system, one of the largest public transportation systems in the country, has been using GPS technology for a few years now. On some of our bus routes there are computerized signage at bus stops that lets us know how many minutes before the next bus will arrive. MUNI, by the way, operates electric trolley buses, diesel buses, hydrid diesel-electric buses, light rail trains, classic restored surface streetcars and, of course, the famous San Francisco cable cars. We just about have it all ... in San Francisco!

Posted by: Tom Dunn at May 11, 2004 3:49 AM

It exists, in Boulder even. Check out http://www.nextbus.com/boulder/ .
Or for for a live map showing the routes see
http://www.nextbus.com/predictor/publicMap.shtml?a=denver-rtd&r=SKIP

There is even a telephone system where you can
call right from the stop (or, from a safe place near the stop).

Posted by: brycen [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2004 9:05 AM