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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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 »

Bus and Rail Service

transit etiquette

Many times during peak hours, one boards light rail only to find that passengers have blocked the seat next to them with briefcases, backpacks or other personal items. It would help if announcements could be made by the operator or pre-recorded by VTA. The announcements could remind passengers to not block seats with personal items.

Bus and Rail Service

Use Google to determine the actual need for public transit

Google has been using cell phone GPS data to display traffic patterns for a while now. Since the data can distinguish individual cell phones, it would be possible to build a database of actual trip destinations based on the patterns of cell phone usage. The identification of the destinations and the most common routes connecting those destinations would be a powerful method of determining the need for public transit support.... 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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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.

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 »