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I couldn't imagine living in a city that didn't have good public transit, despite the quality of Toronto's being somewhat suspect... I would feel like such a loser if I had to use a personal automobile for transportation. :/

Regardless, the Toronto Transit Commission has a few things like this already. All subway stops have a little TV screen that shows how long the next train is going to be, and Spadina station has actual GPS tracking of approaching and departing streetcars on a big TV screen, so you can see how far away your ride is.

I know that the majority of our buses are GPS enabled, I don't think it would be too difficult to set a tracking system up in bus shelters similar to what Spadina station has. Of course, that removes space for advertisements, which the TTC won't appreciate.
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/04...ublic-transit/



Makes sense.... give riders more information about scheduling, encourage community, and allow people to communicate while travelling.
Agreed. I live in the SF bay area, and having the ipod and android apps for the public transportation systems available are very convenient, and make it much less intimidating to rely on public transportation. I like how some apps will even do cross-system itinerary planning, like BART and MUNI connections, or caltrain, etc. I'm all for it, assuming that public mass transportation can expand beyond the relatively small metropolitan areas in an economic manner.
    
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post #13 of 19
The Metro here should definitely embrace the smartphone movement. It's shame that the few media resources they have are terrible, they give you incorrect schedules and just aren't up to date; and we're the nation's capital! Maybe after Metro fixes the QoS of the system, giving riders tools could be their next project.
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We actually have that on campus for UofI. It'd be awesome if they could also implement it into bigger cities as well.
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post #15 of 19
For android there is an app called septadroid that shows information on the delays of septa regional rail trains. I find it quite useful in my daily commute.
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Thank goodness.
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The app provided for free for my cities transit system (london ontario canada) is amasing, its even better than the 10000$ arrival signs they just put up :/ suvh a waste of money. All i can say is that bussing has become alot less hassle ever since i got my android.
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Honestly, I wouldn't mind public transit if it wasn't for the fact that you're usually forced to sit next to someone who takes up two seats and has never discovered deodorant or mouthwash. Smartphone apps would not help me.
     
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Originally Posted by Aaron_Henderson View Post
Honestly, I wouldn't mind public transit if it wasn't for the fact that you're usually forced to sit next to someone who takes up two seats and has never discovered deodorant or mouthwash. Smartphone apps would not help me.
Just take the seat next to the pretty girl.
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