MTA launches real-time bus info

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NY) launched its BusTime pilot, providing real-time location information for Brooklyn’s Route B63. BusTime uses GPS hardware and wireless communications to track location; customers can access information online or by text message. MTA developed the application in collaboration with Open Plans, which modeled the low-cost project after Seattle-based open-source app OneBusAway. According to a statement, MTA is working with merchants along the route, who are expected to install LCD signs that display real-time location data. (The app does not predict arrival times.)  If the pilot is successful, the MTA will roll out BusTime across New York City, starting with Staten Island.

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