Public transit systems play an important role in providing mobility, combating traffic congestion, reducing carbon emissions, and promoting compact, sustainable urban communities. The usability of transit can be significantly enhanced by providing good traveler information systems. OneBusAway is a set of transit tools focused on providing real-time arrival information for Seattle-area bus riders. This paper describes OneBusAway and the results from a survey of OneBusAway users that show a set of important positive outcomes: strongly increased overall satisfaction with public transit, decreased waiting time, increased transit trips per week, increased feelings of safety, and even a health benefit in terms of increased distance walked when using transit. The paper concludes with some design and policy implications of these results and plans for future research in this area.
Ferris, B., Watkins, K., and Borning, A. (2011) “OneBusAway: Behavioral and Satisfaction Changes Resulting from Providing Real-Time Arrival Information for Public Transit.” Proceedings of the 2011 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting.