New NextBus Predictions

43Folders reported that NextBus has 16 new Muni lines added to their predictions (originally reported on the sf_muni blog). The new routes are:

They’re not on the NextMuni main index; you simply have to link to them directly. This isn’t an official addition (yet).

If you don’t already know, NextMuni tells you when the next bus or train will arrive at your stop. It is especially handy if you’ve got a web-enabled mobile phone. You simply load the URL (bookmarking comes in handy here) of the line you want and the direction you’re heading, and you get a prediction for when the bus or train will arrive. Most or all of the buses have GPS units and NextMuni uses them to track them.

8 Comments so far

  1. courtney (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

    hawt! I’ve been waiting for this.


  2. anna (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

    I was telling someone about this and they didn’t believe me, like it was some weird myth. Go nextbus!!! I remember the few days it was piloted on the 22-fillmore and how wonderful that was.


  3. Write Procrastinator (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 7:24 pm

    Why don’t they hire Miss Cleo and give each customer a crystal ball? Next Bus only tells you where the bus is, not when it is going to arrive. I can’t believe how many times it has said that the N-Judah is going to arrive in “two minutes” and the streetcar was five minutes or more away, because of traffic or door problems.


  4. DavidK (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 12:18 am

    NextBus *doesn’t* tell you where the bus is; it makes a prediction based on the sampling of periodic GPS coordinates when the bus will arrive at a designated location.

    Next bus will tell you that the next (e.g.) Inbound 6 will arrive at Haight & Divis in 6 minutes, 15 minutes, and 40 minutes.

    It knows where the bus is at time A and where it is at time B, and then extrapolates how long it will take to reach point C.

    I think the train predictions are at least as accurate as the buses so long as they’re on the surface. Once in the subway, I find that the nextbus predictions are off by a factor of 2 or 3. In other words, if it says the outbound N will arrive at Montgomery station in 4 minutes, count on it being 8-12 minutes.


  5. cd (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 10:06 am

    I note that the 43 is still absent because it’s hard to spell out a snorted laugh and the word “never” in just a few short pixels.


  6. DavidK (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 10:27 am

    hahaha!


  7. Lee Chakov (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 3:37 pm

    Still no 38-GEARY??


  8. anna (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 4:57 pm

    Geary gets the super fast bus and the bus-only lane… be content with that!



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