Margot R., a UC Berkeley undergrad, relies on NextBus arrival predictions to plan her travel and ensure her security.
A typical public transit day for Margot may start early in the morning and end with a trip home from the library in the wee hours. She lives far enough from campus that taking the AC Transit bus is an appealing alternative to walking–because she can count on reliable NextBus predictions.
Margot knows that uncertain traffic conditions often make for uncertain bus arrival times. But, as she goes through her morning routine, she checks the real-time NextBus predictions as they are regularly updated on her laptop. That way, she can get to the bus stop a few minutes before the bus arrives and get to her early-morning classes on time.
She notes that the bus arrival predictions are highly accurate, usually within one or two minutes of actual arrival time. That NextBus accuracy has turned her into a regular AC Transit rider.
Because she often studies late at the library, personal safety is also an important issue for Margot. Again, because she knows that she won’t have to wait for an unpredictable amount of time in the dark at one or two in the morning, she can confidently plan her travel back from the library to her apartment on the bus.
The combination of AC Transit and NextBus gets Margot where she needs to go everyday both safely and on time.