NextBus accuracy slips, "ghost buses" explained
WMATA released NextBus accuracy statistics last week, and frequent users will not be surprised to find out that accuracy is not where it could be.
NextBus has predictions for only 78 percent of buses, far below the 92 percent target. The buses themselves are also not keeping to schedules particularly well, being "on time" about only 75 percent of the time, even with a generous on-time standard of up to 2 minutes early (which buses exceed almost 7 percent of the time) and 7 minutes late (which they exceed 18 percent of the time).
Bus manager Jack Requa provided some explanation for the "ghost buses" that riders widely reported: If a bus stands still for 2 minutes, the NextBus system stops showing that bus. It also removes the bus if it deviates more than 160 meters from the typical route, meaning that any reroutes generally result in a bus falling off NextBus's radar.
[Continue reading David Alpert's piece at Greater Greater Washington here].
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