Bus and Rail Service

Open up data for use by developers

Publish data to the Web so that app developers can access it. Right now, you can plan a trip with Google, but developers can't access that data to develop other useful apps. Also, VTA has an AVL system - it would be great if real-time vehicle location and arrival time estimation was available. This could also allow installing real-time arrival signs at busy stops. If this info was made available to developers, they could ...more »

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8 votes

Bus and Rail Service

Online, Near-realtime Bus/Train display

I suggest you add real-time, online bus tracking. I'm sure that you're already collecting the GPS coordinates of all of the buses regularly. Now imagine if that data could be overlaid on Bing Maps or Google Maps or Map Quest or Yahoo! Maps.... I could pop open a window, while still at my desk, and have a decent idea if I had just missed my bus... or if the bus was late... or what not. And, for the smartphony users, you ...more »

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6 votes

Bus and Rail Service

Better connections to Caltrain

Caltrain works very well if you want to go quickly from San Jose to points north/west. VTA's light rail lines have some quite fast sections south of Downtown San Jose. Together, they could make a rapid transit network that can take transit riders all the way across the county quickly, in the way that freeways do for drivers. But the connections are often poorly timed, especially between the Caltrain and the Santa Teresa ...more »

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0 votes

Bus and Rail Service

Quiet and Sanitized

If during the daily commute I can take a nap or listen to MP3, riding VTA will be a better choice than driving even it takes longer time.

However, I noticed often time there are people talking, music, or even body odor, etc... That is the unpleasant part riding public transp.

Clean is another issue. Flu and germs is a big reason people avoid public transp.

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6 votes

Hack My Ride Ideas

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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3 votes

Hack My Ride Ideas

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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5 votes

Bus and Rail Service

Fix bike racks on trains!

It is clear that whoever designed the current bike rack configuration on the VTA light rail trains never tested the system before installing it. With seats across from the racks, there is no room for someone to squeeze in and lift their bike up onto the racks while the seats are occupied. Having to lift the bikes is also difficult for many people who are short, have heavy or long bikes, or have disabilities. If they removed ...more »

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5 votes

Bus and Rail Service

Extend Light Rail to the Airport!!!

Light rail us USELESS if you want to go to the airport. It goes NEAR but not TO the airport... Why would I want to fight with luggage to my car, in my car, out of my car, to the train, out of the train, then onto a bus, then out of the bus, then to wherever my airport destination is..... then all over again when I come back tired from my trip? when I can fight the luggage into the car, out of the car, into the ...more »

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3 votes

Hack My Ride Ideas

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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6 votes

Hack My Ride Ideas

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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4 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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5 votes