[PLUG-TALK] Trimet and open source

John Jason Jordan johnxj at comcast.net
Fri Mar 25 16:27:03 PDT 2011


On Fri, 25 Mar 2011 10:39:15 -0700
Aaron Burt <aaron at bavariati.org> dijo:

>I'm hoping to turn my leftover Insignia Infocast into a transit-tracker
>display for my office using the nifty instructions they provide.

This reminds me of a kvetch I have had for years: Why do most stops not
have the stop number posted on the stop? All it would take is a sticker
the size of an Avery mailing address label. In fact, that is what I
would suggest - Just print out all the stops on mailing labels and send
someone around to stick them on the signs or posts. Or let riders do an
entire route in exchange for several months of free passes, or
something. 

But getting back to the technology, an even better solution would be a
small solar powered display on each stop, grabbing the arrivals via the
GPS units in the buses / trains / trolleys. You'd need to make them
unattractive to thieves. I wonder how cheaply they could be made,
considering that you'd want to place an order for many thousands at a
time. It sounds like a small Portland cottage industry could do it.



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