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NEXT BUS Technology

When is your NEXT BUS?

Post Date:08/13/2018 7:00 AM

Bus Stop Sign 2018CyRide encourages passengers to utilize our bus prediction service called NEXT BUS.  It allows passengers to see exactly where the bus is at, at anytime and its predicted time of arrival at your bus stop location by using the web, telephone or mobile device. Start using NEXT BUS today and read the step by step guide on how to use this technology via CyRide's NEXT BUS Userguide

Be advised that NEXT BUS stop signs have been consolidated into an all-in-one bus stop design shown to the right as opposed to the separate "Nextbus" sign that was originally deployed.   Additionally, every bus stop has been renumbered within the system to coincide with the CyRide 2.0 changes.  Please update your stops you utilize to the new numbers at www.cyride.com/busstops To make things easier, you can keep track of your frequently used bus stops identification numbers by utilizing CyRide's NEXTbus Wallet Card.  Passengers can continue to access Nextbus info by:

  • Texting "CyRide + bus stop#" to 41411
  • Calling 515-509-2609
  • Visiting Cyride.com/nextbus or
  • Scaning the QR code (square box) when you are standing at the bus stop

NEXT BUS technology is based upon Global Positioning Satellite and cellular technology where buses communicate directly with a server and databases. Information uploaded includes the bus’ current location and its rate of progression through its route. Based on historical averages, day of the week and time of day, the databases make an algorithmic calculation that provides arrival predictions to a customer through their telephone, smartphone or computer.

Finally, four large LED digital signs are placed on Iowa State University campus at major transfer locations providing bus arrival information for passengers waiting at these bus stop locations. These four locations are: Student Services, Upper Friley Hall, Kildee Hall and Bessey Hall (will be reinstalled fall 2018).

To make comments about how this service is working for you or to ask questions, please contact CyRide at 292-1100 or cyride@cyride.com.

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