Friday, September 21, 2007

Metro NextBus to Go Offline

The Post Metro section ran a story on Metro NextBus technology today. I have never used this service, but I can understand how much it helps daily bus commuters to have arrival time information available by mobile phone. Unfortunately this system has been accurate only 80 percent of the time, which, for regular riders on the pilot routes, amounts to not having reliable information for one to two days per month. The good news is that after a software upgrade scheduled to take 18 months to complete the system will be back. For now you can use NextBus until the end of October.

P.S. I really dislike made up compound words for the sake of branding. NextBus, ReadyMop, and GlaxosmithKline are a few that come to mind. Grrr.

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