Wondering how much space is available on a MiWay bus before you board it? You can use your mobile device to find out before even heading to your stop.
MiWay buses are equipped with automatic passenger counters, which are sensors mounted in bus doorways that count the number of passengers who board and exit. Every time a bus stops, the total number of passengers on the vehicle is shared through MiWay’s GTFS data feed, which is part of the City’s Open Data initiative.
Open Data is public information that can be freely used by anyone and is available for public research, analysis, reporting and mobile app development.
The Transit app is one example of a popular third party app that is using MiWay data. The app will display one, two or three grey person icons with the information on the next few approaching buses to indicate how crowded the bus is.
On the main screen, tap the route you’re interested in. Then tap the vehicle icon on the map. The crowding indicator, with three “person” icons, displays how much space is onboard.
Knowing how full your bus is before you board can help you feel comfortable and safe as you plan your trip.