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Real Time Info for Transit Riders.

 

Passengers wondering when their Metro bus will pick them up have a new tool at Third Avenue and James Street. Today, SDOT and the King County Courthouse partnered to install a real time bus arrival sign at the northbound stop. The sign faces directly onto the bustling Third Avenue transit corridor and provides up-to-the-minute estimates of incoming bus arrivals for the nearly 900 people who board Metro there every day.

The sign uses the popular OneBusAway program which many riders use on home computers and cell phones. It is the second such sign SDOT has installed on Third Avenue, and more are coming. This SDOT initiative relies on partners like King County who recognize the benefits of better bus arrival information for the rising number of transit users in downtown Seattle.

SDOT is taking the month of March to let folks know about our work to make transit a convenient and viable travel choice in Seattle. Good public transit ties our neighborhoods together, helps alleviate congestion, reduces pollution and improves community health. Transit improvements are one of the best, most cost-effective investments to improve Seattle’s streets. This month, SDOT is launching our newly developed Transit Master Plan. The plan contains important information about current and projected transit ridership and defines the priorities that will guide future transit investments.

                                                                           

 

13 Responses to “Real Time Signage”

  1. […] buses entered the tunnel. That would present similar technical challenges that face underground OneBusAway signage and have delayed cell phone coverage in the tunnel, where all of these features are needed […]

  2. […] buses entered the tunnel. But that would present similar technical challenges that face underground OneBusAway signage and have delayed cell phone coverage in the […]

  3. Tony says:

    Is there a way to partner with Metro/ST to get these real time arrival kiosks installed at entrances to Metro Tunnel stations as well? Since the information can be sorted to be location specific via OBA, this would be fantastic for commuters, visitors, etc to know when the next bus/train is coming before entering the tunnel and also just to see whether or not their bus is late.

    • pegNielsen says:

      Our Transit Planning Manager will investigate and get back to you directly. For your future reference, your tracking number in our response database is SR 14-00013939

  4. [...] to install an outdoor realtime arrival sign such as those used on RapidRide; however, a couple of SDOT’s 3rd Ave bus signs could work perfectly here, at a fraction of the cost. At the southbound stop, riders naturally [...]

  5. [...] data only and real-time data. And there was a case where the next Route 26 bus was predicted to be over five hours away. Incorrect information is worse than no information since repeated mistakes eventually undermine [...]

  6. Devin says:

    Is there a way to partner with Metro/ST to get these real time arrival kiosks installed at entrances to Metro Tunnel stations as well? Since the information can be sorted to be location specific via OBA, this would be fantastic for commuters, visitors, etc to know when the next bus/train is coming before entering the tunnel and also just to see whether or not their bus is late.

    Just a thought. Also, thanks for the presence at the bike expo this weekend!

    • pegNielsen says:

      Thank you for your thoughts. We agree that the bus tunnel is a great location for real time transit information and have been carefully considering this opportunity. Signs near the tunnel entrance will be substantially more expensive than the signs we are currently installing and they present more technical challenges.

      The real time signs that SDOT has installed utilize existing networks and power provided by partners such as the King County Courthouse. By installing inside buildings, we are able to use conventional LCD screens which are a fraction of the cost required for outdoor displays (spots near the tunnel entrance would require outdoor signage).

      Currently, SDOT is also developing outdoor real time signage and examining locations where it can be deployed. There is a chance that a large format, outdoor sign at a bus tunnel entrance could be deployed down the road, though there is significant work to be done, and more funding needed, before that can happen. We are working with Metro to advance this concept.

      Sorry for the delay and thanks for keeping us posted.

  7. This is awesome use of real time technology. It would really help me out as i usually run late from time to time and would like to know how soon or late my bus is going to arrive. Once again, great job on part of SDOT. Thanks for making our lives better.

  8. [...] & James stop gets its own OneBusAway [...]

  9. S. Morris Rose says:

    Only five hours until the 26 arrives? That gives me just enough time to start a family, change jobs, and read the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

  10. Jeff Dubrule says:

    Sucks to try to catch the 26, tho… 230 minutes late!

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