Detail from brochure describing Text My Bus real time app

Detroit bus riders can get arrival updates via text

Detroit bus riders can now get real-time arrival information via text message. The Detroit Department of Transportation (MI) rolled out the “Text My Bus” application, which enables bus riders to text a street address or intersection and then receive a return text with information about the nearest bus routes, closest bus stop, and arrival time for the next bus.

The city launched the service to coincide with the first day of school, and officials see the application as a benefit to students. “Having access to real-time transit information is vital for teenage students who rely on public transportation to get to and from school every day,” said Mayor Dave Bing. Police chief Ralph L. Godbee said that the app will enhance student safety. “By using their cellphones, students can now determine the best time to arrive at their bus stops, so they will not have to spend a lot of time waiting alone or standing in the cold,” he said. “They also can give more reliable information to teachers, parents, and employers about their expected arrival time to work, school, or home.”

Code for America developed the app, working in partnership with DDOT, Detroit Public Schools, the Federal Transit Administration, the White House’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative and Knight Foundation.  Link to full story in The Detroit News.

Image source: Detroit Department of Transportation

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