Mobile alert any train delays ahead of time so that passengers can take other options.
Hack My Ride Ideas
On the way back from light rail yesterday evening, I saw two 25 buses almost literally back-to-back, with only one or two cars between them. Needless to say, the rear one was virtually empty. The headway (time between buses) is supposed to be 10 minutes at peak hours. Could one of you do a hack that would keep them spaced properly?
I want to make the commute more fun for the many people who do not carry a smart phone with them to occupy themselves. We can play trivia questions, places of interest, things to do near this stop etc.
Passengers are waiting for ride alert bus drivers to pick up them and not leave ignoring them.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »