MBTA has made available real-time and schedule data for riders through the MBTA NextBus. NextBus uses satellite technology and advanced computer modeling to track vehicles on their routes. Each vehicle is fitted with a satellite tracking system. Taking into account the actual position of the buses, their intended stops, and the typical traffic patterns, NextBus can estimate vehicle arrivals with a high degree of accuracy.
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Now you can get actual arrival information on your handheld Internet device. NextBus offers a compact version of the website, specifically optimized for small screen and wireless devices such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), handheld computers, and other internet-enabled devices. Your device must support two-way wireless service, and have web-browsing software. You'll get the same content as the regular NextBus website, but using an portable device.
Simply point your browser on your PDA to www.nextbus.com and the NextBus system will detect that you are using a PDA and will direct you to the appropriate web pages. If you are not automatically redirected to the special PDA site then go to www.nextbus.com/mini.html.
MBTA Route Tracking App
PDA users can now download an app to track how man minutes are left until the next bus comes. You can find applications by searching "MBTA" in your phone’s app store. For more information, visit http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/apps.
These apps are not made by MBTA or the City of Somerville, and MBTA does not sell or license the apps. They are written by third parties unless otherwise noted.