MTA Bus Time®
Bus Customer Information System
MTA Bus Time® is a real-time bus customer information system that enables bus riders to use smartphones, text messaging, or a web browser to learn how far the next bus is from their stop. Developed jointly by Cambridge Systematics and subcontractor OpenPlans Transportation, MTA Bus Time is an open-source product that makes real-time bus data available to third-party application developers.
MTA Bus Time began operating in Staten Island in January 2012, and expanded to the Bronx. With Manhattan now operational as of October 2013, Cambridge Systematics and the MTA plan to complete the citywide expansion (with new service in Brooklyn and Queens) by next year, covering 6,000 buses and serving 2.5 million riders.
MTA Bus Time provides other transit properties with an economical upgrade path for older Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) systems that have become too expensive to maintain.
“This project demonstrates how open source, open data, and open standards deliver results. Cambridge Systematics intends to support public transit agencies across the U.S. and around the world as they adopt this platform for their own use.”
-Eric Ziering, Executive Vice President