Satellite technology pinpoints your NextBus
By Pat Murphy
November 4, 2005
Baffled MUNI riders are no longer lost in a great black hole
of inaccurate bus arrival times thanks to Global Positioning Satellites
(GPS) and their real-time pinpoint of bus locations.
Riders may now access that information for several MUNI lines
through cell phones, mobile devices, and other means, MUNI chieftain
Stuart Sunshine detailed yesterday.
Acting Executive MUNI Director Stuart Sunshine.
Known as NextBus, the system today is operative on all five Metro
lines, the F line, and three trolley bus lines: 22 Fillmore, 24
Divisadero and 33 Stanyan.
The NextBus system will be available for all MUNI lines by the
end of 2007, said Mayor Newsom, who hosted announcement in a morning
City Hall press conference.
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Taking into account the actual position of buses, their intended
stops, and typical traffic patterns, NextBus can estimate vehicle
arrivals with a high degree of accuracy, Sunshine said.
The predictions are then made available on the NextMuni
website and to wireless devices including signs at bus stops
and businesses, internet capable cell phones, palm pilots, other
personal digital assistants (PDAs), and by telephoning 511.
Newsom praised Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for her successful
efforts in gaining $20 million Federal funding for Bay Area public
More than half that amount was allocated by the Metropolitan
Transportation Commission (MTC) for San Francisco's NextBus system.
"The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is as excited
NextBus project as the City of San Francisco is," MTC executive
director said of the $11.2 million NextBus project.
Steve Heminger, MTC Executive Director
"San Francisco Muni is leading the way for the rest of the
Bay Area by going citywide with its system for tracking transit
vehicles in real-time and displaying arrival predictions, Steve
"I am proud to have secured federal funding for the NextBus
that all San Franciscans can access reliable transit information
their trips on Muni, reduce their wait times, and enjoy an improved
passenger experience," House Democratic Leader Pelosi said
through spokesperson Dan Bernal.
Dan Bernal, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi spokesperson.
"The citywide expansion of NextBus will ensure that San
Francisco continues to lead the country in providing quality and
consistent public transportation."
"Making city services customer friendly and accessible is
one of my
Main goals, NextBus is another step to fulfilling my commitment
to make us a first class customer service city and a leader in
innovation," Newsom stated.