Hack My Ride Ideas

Streamline My Rides!

Build an open source streaming data analytics platform for the transportation industry that will run in The Cloud, capture all the transportation data created by other Hack My Ride ideas, provide various analytic capabilities, and enrich future Hack My Ride ideas and apps. The idea would be build on an emerging streaming analytics open source platform that is being developed in a grassroots/homebrew fashion but backed... more »

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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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Para Transit CRM

A mobile app that customers can use for Outreach ride scheduling. ride management, ride status, payments, and ride history. To meet this use, provide (or utilize) fleet and personnel management data. Provide an automated notification system to customers that provides ride status updates such as accurate arrival estimates. If arrival is delayed, additional notices are sent. Provide a customer call back system so customers... more »

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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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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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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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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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Tool to show where commuters go vs. VTA routes

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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 »