We need more of these…

21 Aug

I was in downtown Berkeley the other day and saw this at Center and Shattuck:

Sorry for the poor picture quality, but if you can’t read it, the screen lists several bus lines that stop at Center and Shattuck and their upcoming arrival times. It then scrolls through the rest of the lines.

Generally, the much smaller NextBus signs at bus stops work just fine – they show one line at a time and scroll through each line. But at major bus stops, where 5-10 bus lines all stop, I think a larger screen like this is a better option.

Also, I really like that the screen is placed where someone who’s not generally a bus rider would see it, prominently on the corner near the crosswalk – I know it took me many months to even realize that the 14th and Broadway bus shelter had a NextBus sign because it’s hidden inside.

I hope AC Transit plans to install one of these at 14th and Broadway, maybe near (or in) the 12th Street BART station. In fact, these would be great at any BART station.

2 Responses to “We need more of these…”

  1. Kitty August 21, 2008 at 10:57 am #

    There’s also one by the Rockridge BART station on the east side of College.

  2. Hayden August 25, 2008 at 1:34 am #

    I like that for the 51 bus, it appears to show next arrivals at 33 and 38 minutes–and this for a line that has 8 – to – 20 minute headways during the day.

    Actually, this would be quite a nice feature, as I’ve whiled away many an hour even at peak times waiting 30 or 40 minutes for a 51 bus to arrive at 14th and Broadway in Oakland. Armed with this information, I could go get a cup of coffee, dinner, or simply make the 2-mile trip home on foot. I’ll have to look for it in the bus shelter!

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