How NextBus Works
NextBus information is not a static bus and train schedule listing—it’s predicted arrival information, updated at regular intervals
NextBus uses GPS technology and a proprietary algorithm that incorporates historical travel data to track transit vehicles and predict their arrival time. By taking into account the actual position of vehicles, their intended stops, and typical traffic patterns, NextBus can estimate vehicle arrivals with a high degree of accuracy. This estimate is refreshed constantly to provide riders with up-to-the-minute information.
Because traffic variations, breakdowns, and day-to-day problems faced by any transit provider can interrupt service, NextBus was designed to keep riders on schedule even if their bus or train isn’t.
Riders can get next transit information whenever, wherever, and however they want
NextBus arrival information is made available through the internet to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, computers, and LED signs found at bus stops and transit stations. You can also text to receive arrival information and subscribe to receive messages pertinent to your route.
The NextBus system is covered by U.S. NextBus Patents 6,006,159 and 6,374,176. The system is also produced under license from ArrivalStar, Inc. U.S. Patents 5,623,260; 6,411,891; 6,317,060; 6,415,207; 6,313,760 and 6,278,936.