The OneBusAway research team in CSE has just launched a new service, called StopInfo, that provides very detailed information about bus stops in Puget Sound, aimed initially at increasing the accessibility of bus stops for people who are blind or visually impaired. Knowing detailed information ahead of time about a bus stop, such as which side of the intersection it is on and what type of bus sign it has, can reduce the time and hassle it takes to find the bus stop. In the future the team plans to expand this project to provide information about other facets such as wheelchair accessibility.
Initial information about bus stops comes from King County Metro’s database, but the system can also show more detailed information than is available from Metro. This detailed information can be verified or added to by anyone, and the team invites everyone to help out! More details on the OneBusAway blog.