Real-Time Passenger Information
GTFS Real-Time DataSheet
More and more people today are opting to take public transportation instead of driving. In 2014, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transportation, the highest annual ridership in 58 years (American Public Transportation Association). This trend is led by Americans ages 18-34, many of whom are choosing not to drive, let alone get their driver's license (NY Times).
Why is this happening? Technology plays a major factor—never before has taking public transportation been so easy. Real-time arrival data helps riders know exactly when their bus will arrive so they can plan their trip effectively.
We make arrival predictions available over a variety of platforms:
Web interface: Users can access arrival information via nextbus.com by selecting the user’s system, route, and stop. They can also view their bus location and a stop’s predicted arrival time on a map.
ADA interface: An ADA-compliant interface designed for the visually impaired can be accessed via a web browser or mobile device. Visit the site here.
Customized website: NextBus can place its arrival information content within an agency or operator’s own branded website.
Android app: Our app is available via Google Play and features NextBus real-time arrival information, a live vehicle tracking app, and a trip planner, among other features (iOS App coming soon).
Web app for other mobile devices: Riders can access a version of nextbus.com optimized for mobile device browsers on iOS, Windows Phone, and others.
SMS/Text messaging: Riders can send a text with their stop ID to get real-time arrival information sent to them via text.
Voice: Riders can dial a local telephone number, enter a code, and receive NextBus arrival information.
Signage: NextBus can install real-time arrival prediction signs at stops and stations. We have installed over 900 signs for San Francisco Muni, one of our largest customers.
Push-to-Talk: When pressed, the NextBus push-to-talk button announces when the next bus or train is coming.
Customized alerts: Riders can set an alert to warn them that it’s time to head for the bus stop so they don’t accidentally miss the bus. They can choose to receive an email, an SMS message or an alert on the web.
API: NextBus provides the ability to export data via several interfaces including XML, REST and GTFS-RT.