Its been a bus-y week in the world of bus issues and here’s some stories that have kept us OpenPlans’ers chatting.
- AC Transit Alameda Contra Costa has opened their bus schedule, bus route, bus stop and schedule data availableto developers Check it out.
- This website for shop owners along the B63 – uses our tracking data to power a display that can sit in shopkeeper’s windows along the route
- Speaking of waiting for buses: LA’s bus bench contractor is allegedly taking its benches back after bailing of its contract, leaving hundreds just standing around, waiting for the bus.
- Allentown’s LANta’s bus system introduces a new numbering scheme which categorizies types of service into blocks of 100’s. Is it a user friendly scheme? An easy to understand and rational system? Will it improve the individual’s recollection and understanding of the system? Or is it just good for the scheduling department?
- Remember the bus bell cord went away? And then how it came back? And how the New York Times wrote about it’s triumphant return.
- NY’s MTA seeks a CTO for its bus division.
- Bus Drivers are getting the respect they deserve – 67% of New Yorkers believe that bus drivers are respectful on the road. A much smaller number feels the same towards taxi drivers and motorists. Bus drivers have a tough job and the wide majority do it flawlessly everyday – having to make all those stops? People keep ringing the bell!
- Off topic chat (quite frankly, there isn’t that much news about buses so we’ll have to talk about trains now) This Amtrak tra(c)king website, is wonderfully low-tech, amazingly informative and a pleasure to use. Its a testament to reductive and simple designs working well. Check out these views: train schedule, & train location. It pulls open data from Amtrak’s website. Cheers to Dixieland software.