Commenter Brian Ferris sent us a link to his new One Bus Away site a few weeks ago. Why the delay in posting about it? Well, we wanted to give One Bus Away a real world testing period on our computers and our phones. You see, One Bus Away is a modern version of mybus.org on steriods. That is, you enter in a stop you want to go to, One Bus Away tells you what buses are upcoming at a stop.
An improvement over mybus.org, One Bus Away tracks all stops rather than the select few that mybus.org. More over, it uses the official Metro stop id numbers, so you can look at the posted schedule at every bus stop and instantly know what to enter in — unlike mybus.org’s more tedious search.
The site has three services:
1. A phone number you can call, where you can enter in a stop id and an automated voice will read upcoming departures.
2. A Google Maps mash-up to find stops around an address or on a particular route. When you select a stop, you go to another page that tracks buses going there. You can bookmark a tracking page and check it when you want to grab a bus, for example.
One Bus Away is the new king of bus arrivial prediction sites, and fills in a big gap for a strong iPhone contender. We’ve been using it for weeks, and we recommend you do the same.