Note: This product is an experiment that Code for America does not actively maintain. This page is kept active as a record of the project.

TextMyBus provides a simple text messaging service to relay real time bus arrival information to riders and an API for developers to build 3rd party transit apps.

Led by city contact Karla Henderson and built during the 2012 Fellowship year for the City of Detroit's Department of Transportation, fellows Matt Hampel, Alicia Rouault, and Prashant Singh built Text My Bus to relay real-time transit information to Detroit commuters.

TextMyBus provides a simple text messaging service to relay real time transit information to riders. In an environment where Detroiters are faced with cold winters, dangerous street corners, and broken street lights, TextMyBus provides critical information to anyone with a phone that has text messaging capability. DDOT riders simply text in their closest intersection or street address to 50464 and receive a list of routes that service nearby bus stops. Riders then select the route theyd like, and find out the live arrival-time predictions.

Launched in September 2012, the app continues to serve the community with over 1,500 active users and over 3.6 million messages served. The project has since received funding from the US Economic Development Administrations Strong Cities, Strong Communities, and the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

The system also provides an API for technologists to access real-time transit data, powering multiple smartphone apps and websites for Detroit commuters.

Visit TextMyBus to check out the app.


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