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Jarrett, have you seen the live map for the Raleigh/Durham area in North Carolina? http://triangle.transloc.com/

Not only does it show the live position of buses (for 7 different transit systems!), it also shows arrival predictions at all of the stops (which are searchable). Doesn't show frequency of each route yet, but it's a pretty useful tool.

As for live maps (even without the arrival predictions) not providing an indication of when the next bus is coming, I disagree. You might not be able to tell the first time you use a bus, but once you know the city/route pretty well, you can get a pretty good sense of when the bus will arrive. I often don't even need to look at the predicted arrival to know when I need to leave my house or a coffee shop to catch the bus. And that's very useful to me.


A while back, I created a playback of a day's worth of selected MBTA bus data, it's not live but just a way of getting a visualization of the shape of the network.



Here is the live map for the commuter trains in Munich, Germany (not including subway and tram lines, sadly): http://s-bahn-muenchen.hafas.de/bin/help.exe/dn?tpl=livefahrplan

The visualization is not that useful, but what is useful is that this way real-time data about delays is published. (Click on a station to see current estimated arrival times for the next trains).

Which is useful because often a 2-minute delay means I can still catch my connecting subway train, but a 4-minute delay means I'd better use an alternative bus rout.

JB Maur

You can also try iPhone app from Société de transport de Laval "STL Synchro" were you can watch where your incoming bus is in real time. Really usefull when you plan to transfert to another bus line.


It is definitely useful for planning if you have a couple of options for your trip, but which one is best depends on which bus is nearest. I often can take the 17 or the 8 for a trip, so a map that shows which is closer instead of requiring me to make two arrival time queries that I then have to compare mentally is very useful. Likewise, if I need to make a transfer but can choose which stop, the visual convergence of the buses can suggest an option (though you need a mobile version for that).

You do need to be a bit familiar with the system, but many people are sufficiently familiar for that.


Nice picture, but it looks like a Blue Line train is swimming across the Willamette River. :) (For those unfamiliar with Portland, the Steel Bridge, on which MAX trains cross the river, is cropped out of the shot just to the north...)


OTOH, a cropped picture can't explain what the #6 bus is doing in the middle of the river.... :)

John Mickey

Thanks, Erik, for the TransLoc shout out.

Jarret, if you'd like to learn more about TransLoc and our Open API give me a shout. api.transloc.com.

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