Hack My Ride Ideas

Hack My Ride: VTA’s Transportation Idea Jam will convene programmers, developers, artists, technologists, data analysts, commuters and transit users to imagine how transportation could work better in Silicon Valley. Learn more at http://hackmyride.challengepost.com

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Add "mobile clipper card"

Add the possibility to use any smartphone in addition to the plastic clipper card. This "mobile clipper card" is tracking proof of fares (single ride, monthly and eco passes), and also allows to pay for tickets and passes electronically via phone.

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GPS tracking of VTA units

People hate waiting for buses, etc. Just GPS track them and provide a web interface that uses a mapping program to geolocate them.

 

Make it less heavy by only showing the location of the bus/train they search for.

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UI for Solar Powered Automated Transit Network (ATN)

Develop a UI/app that will enable users of the revolutionary new form of urban transit, solar-powered automated transit network (ATN), being developed at San Jose State University (see: http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/smssv/) to pay for tickets, track progress of vehicles, integrate with other transit service, etc. Connect with the Spartan Superway team at the Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 (http://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/50148/) ...more »

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Plan trips with bikes

A tool, similar to google maps' "get directions by public transport", but which permits the user the choice between: "Do I want to walk to/from the stop/station" or "Do I want to bike to/from the stop/station", and possibly even to be able to specify that "I am willing to walk/bike a distance of x miles to get to/from the stop/station". By biking I can choose from a vastly larger range of potential stops/stations, and ...more »

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Map how far I can go in a given time. Identify transit deserts.

Based on calculated trips, recorded data, or a combination, pick a spot on the map and plot bands of color based on how far a person can go via walking and transit in different amounts of time.

 

Selecting various origins based on population density and business centers, show areas and routes not served by the existing transit system.

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Ride related data (schedule accuracy, energy consumed/saved/etc)

To produce data that could: * - compare schedule times with actual times to see what deviation there is * - Use the data to state how much energy is consumed per leg in route by some rough calculations regarding average speed, distance and energy consumption rates of the vehicles * - Show through infographics how much energy is saved / how much carbon has not been put into the environment / etc. by taking an average ...more »

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Preprogram your stop

Have you ever climbed on the bus without knowing quite when to get off? Perhaps you hope to get engrossed in your book or phone, or you'd like to catch a few Zs along the way. Perhaps you're going to a new stop, and you're not sure just when to pull the cord so you'll be past the previous stop without shooting past your intended destination. This app should, at a minimum, notify you just as the bus or train passes ...more »

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Best-Route Enhanced

Using google to search for a best route somewhere is okay... except they are forced to use "hubs" for transfer points. As a former bus commuter, I have consistently designed my own routes to get across the city and have found that the best routes are not ones that google or any other mapping service can provide. Create one of these or both: 1. A mapping system that allows riders to share their "best routes" and have ...more »

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Miles/Frequent traveller program for public transport

Airlines reward frequent fliers with free travel. So why not reward people who use a lot of public transport with free rides, a small gift card etc.

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5 votes

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Tool to show where commuters go vs. VTA routes

A map showing the accessibility of public transportation compared to the actual population density, the populations which need transportation the most (like households who have no cars or not many cars -- data that could be pulled from the census), and the commutes that people actually take. I've heard many times that transit decisions are motivated as much by politics as by actual community needs. The map would show ...more »

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Seamless transfers

Identify transfer points between intersecting/adjacent transit lines, especially based on real passenger traffic, but also on possible transfers which people might not make frequently due to lack of coordination.

 

Monitor and suggest schedule modifications (e.g. timed stops) if misses or long waits are the norm.

 

Include walking and transfer times.

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Hack My Outreach

Outreach, Inc. provides paratransit services to VTA for passengers with disabilities who are unable to use VTA's fixed-route service. Paratransit is a shared-ride service, with several pickups and dropoffs along the way. Many Outreach riders complain about lengthy, circuitous routes; one calls them "world tours". :-) In fact, there is a Federal standard that paratransit rides should take no longer than twice as long as ...more »

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