Post Content

MBTA App ExampleThe U.S. Department of Transportation this week singled out the MBTA as among those transit agencies leading the way nationally in facilitating smart phone transit apps that provide customers with real-time information about bus and train location and arrival.

A USDOT "FastLane" blog article entitled, "Transit Apps Empower Riders with Information," says more people use public transportation when they have access to more accurate information about the location and arrival time of the next bus or train.  Yet its review of 276 transit agencies found just 15 that offer riders real-time information about the next arrival.  It provides the MBTA as one example:

"Boston's MBTA had one solution.  They discovered that opening the data from their system to the public actually reduced their own costs because app developers and everyday citizens took the data and designed ways to make it useful to riders.  One coffee shop actually has installed a real-time countdown sign that tells customers when the next train is due at a nearby station."

Read the entire article on the USDOT FastLane blog.   And visit the MBTA App Showcase to check out the latest apps built by independent developers at no cost to the T that help customers know where the next bus or train is located and when it will arrive.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Fore River Bridge Project Milestone posted on Jul 29

Fore River Bridge Project Milestone

The Fore River Bridge Replacement Project in Quincy-Weymouth continues during the summer of 2014 with installation of the permanent bridge components along with a new milestone: arrival of the new bridge steel sections. The view above shows the progress made at the Quincy tower location.   …Continue Reading Fore River Bridge Project Milestone

Green Line Extension: Public Meeting July 31 posted on Jul 28

Green Line Extension: Public Meeting July 31

A City of Somerville and MBTA Green Line Extension Public Meeting regarding Medford Street Bridge construction has been scheduled for the following: Thursday, July 31, 6:00pm, Public Safety Building, 220 Washington Street, Somerville. Green Line Extension construction is underway and will involve periodic traffic impacts   …Continue Reading Green Line Extension: Public Meeting July 31

MBTA: New WiFi System Announced posted on Jul 24

MBTA: New WiFi System Announced

Under a new license agreement signed today by MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott, a state-of-the-art WiFi system will be installed throughout the MBTA’s sprawling network of fourteen Commuter Rail lines. At no cost to the MBTA or its customers, inMOTION Wireless, Inc. will build a   …Continue Reading MBTA: New WiFi System Announced