The transit-obsessed at the UW are considering some projects that would improve or add to innovations like the mybus website.
Besides the fact that UW is a pretty good school, it’s not surprising that a Seattle institution would be a leader in creating all these tools. After all, they’re necessary for most people to decipher byzantine bus routing and scheduling. In other cities, people just take the train with its comprehensible route map and short wait times.
Feel free to leave your preferences in the comments, where the students can read them:
A group of students from UW are about to start on some cool transit information technology projects. We have a bunch of ideas on what to do and would like feedback from people on what they would use most or which of our ideas would be the most useful to the general public. So far we have created a sample of one of these ideas, but we would like feedback before we move forward with other projects.
Our ideas include:
1. One Bus Away
In this application, people will be able to enter an address or click on a google map and be able to see where their nearby bus routes go and what destinations are served along the route. We have created a basic version of this website for destinations in Seattle. Here is a link to that website.
2. Commute Calculator
People will be able to enter an address and then our program would tell them the average travel times via car or bus to major employment centers. Users could also just enter their current work address as well. This application could also show the cost to use transit compared to the cost of using a car.
3. Redo BusMonster
In this application we would beef up bus-monster with more graphics and more tools for people to use. We aren’t sure about what features we will add yet, but they will be cool.
4. Advertising with real-time info
Here we would try to start an advertising business with mybus arrival times and ads displayed in prominent storefront windows. We would rent unused space by windows in businesses next to a bus stop. Then we would charge other companies to be able to advertise on our computer screens which would switch between real-time bus arrival times for perhaps 30 seconds and then business ads for 30 seconds.
Thanks in advance for giving us feedback.