NextBus is a free internet service using GPS and cellular networks to provide realtime arrival data for 60+ transit agencies in the United States and Canada.
For transit-bound people, the NextBus service is a tremendous convenience. Knowing when a bus is due means less standing out in the rain…one can use that time inside to get a little extra work done, or finish that cup of coffee.
NextBus provides web and mobile phone access, and there are some nice smartphone apps around. As a “heavy user,” I wanted to take it one step further, creating a wall clock of sorts…a continuous feed of up to four stops/routes relevant to my needs…no need to even pull out a phone or click a bookmark, the information’s always there at a glance.
- Adafruit MagTag E-Ink WiFi Display
- WiFi network (802.11 b/g/n)
- USB-C cable and power source
- A desktop or laptop computer is required for initial setup: any text editor will suffice, and a Python 3 interpreter