Find out where your bus is - in real time!

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metas
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Find out where your bus is - in real time!

Postby metas » Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:24 am

Even though it doesn't make up for the ads covering the windows, this is a very nice tool particularly on snow days when the buses are running behind.

From a Madison Metro press release:

At this time, Metro is pleased to announce that we are testing WEBWATCH; a new component of the system that provides real time transit information on the Internet. This module is provided to Metro Transit as part of a contract between the City and the Continental Corporation.

Please keep in mind that this is a test. This email is being sent to email accounts in the City of Madison, All Email Users group only. The address is as follows: http://webwatch.cityofmadison.com/webwatch/

You should be able to access the site from any computer with an Internet connection. This is not the website address that we will publicize after the testing phase. When released to the public the site will be available as a link from mymetrobus.com and cityofmadison.com

You may have different experiences depending on the Internet browser that you use; for example the Virtual Earth Map does not work with Firefox and the Google Maps interface seems to work faster with the Firefox browser.

Please note this disclaimer: This site is in testing mode. Please check the Metro Transit Website for information regarding detours and stop closures. This site may not show accurate information where route and stop deviations occur. During special events or severe weather, buses running severely late may be rescheduled or replaced with extra vehicles.

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Re: Find out where your bus is - in real time!

Postby snoqueen » Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:39 pm

Several times when my bus was late, one of the waiting passengers at a stop would phone Metro headquarters and ask where it was. They always say the same thing: "It's on the way."

Now people can check and find out for themselves. Excellent.

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Re: Find out where your bus is - in real time!

Postby mrak » Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:32 pm

This is going to be some really good stuff.

With some style sheet refinements, it looks like the "accessible text" version of the live stop times will be easy to use from a mobile device.

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Re: Find out where your bus is - in real time!

Postby blunt » Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:29 pm

If I was sitting somewhere warm and could afford a laptop, I wouldn't care if the bus was coming.


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