Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Lots of great comments on the NextBus petition

Here are some good ones. Have you signed yet?

--Yes, I'm that woman sprinting for the bus as it peels away from my Mass Ave. stop--three minutes early. And yes, it would make a huge positive difference in my life to know how long I have until the next bus arrives. At least I could keep my gym shoes in my bag until after work.

--This is such a great service and would increase ridership!

--I am tired of waiting upwards of 20-30 minutes for a bus only to see them bunched together. Let's get some accountability for WMATA and some convenience for customers.

--Nextbus was not 100% accurate when we had it but then what is? I am willing to accept something that is not perfect instead of waiting another year for perfection.

6 comments:

  1. I recommend everyone who used nextBus check out http://www.wmata.com/mobile/nextdeparture/index.cfm

    This isn't a perfect solution as it relies on schedules rather than the actual bus movements. But, the times I've used it, it's rarely off by more than a few minutes.

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  2. echowhiskey: wow, that's pretty interesting. if you don't select a bus route, it'll give you the next arrivals for every line within a half-mile of your location.

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  3. Except, as commented above, if you base it on the schedule, you could wait for up to 45 minutes waiting for a bus that's suppose to run every 10. Then, after 45 minutes, 4 buses arrive all at once. Using actual location will at least shed light on the huge problem that WMATA has with keeping their buses on time.

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  4. Thanks for starting this petition. Nextbus was such a valuable tool in bus frustration management!

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  5. Anon, you're welcome! Tell your friends!

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  6. Andrew, can't you get Sommer to mention this on DCist?

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