Well… it’s finally here! MARTA has just launched a website for real-time bus location and arrival/departure predictions. This is huge news for the traveling public. Now, if buses are running early or late, riders can see beforehand and adjust accordingly so they don’t miss the bus or wait for a late one.
The app itself is a little rough around the edges, but it’s promising to see that the technology to collect this data is out there. Unfortunately, only this website has access to the data driving it which means that others cannot piggy back off the technology to innovate new tools. I am personally working with several group members on a project that seeks to open transit route and schedule data for the Atlanta region. The most practical and relevant development would be transit trip planners that work across jurisdictional boundaries. Keep an eye here for progress updates since we think that it can be a real game-changer for transit in Atlanta.