[tabi] Re: Using StarMetro's 'Next by Text'

  • From: Lighthouse of the Big Bend <lighthousebigbend@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:49:29 -0400

Thanks for the helpful info, Erica. I passed it on. Appreciate it!

On 7/26/11, Erica <ericamccaul@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> You need to text the whole stop I.D., such as SME1024, to 27299.
> The stop I.D. can be found on the rectangular sign on the bus stop pole, in
> 1-inch letters, about 6 feet off the ground.
> Whenever the braille placards go up, they will contain both the route
> letters that that stop serves and the stop I.D. Unfortunately, the first 100
> placards have had errors on 2 separate occasions, requiring shipping back
> and forth to an out-of-state vendor... (I thought part of the plan of this
> bus revamp was to enhance LOCAL businesses?!). Understanding that there are
> 700+ stops, getting the placards up at all stops will obviously be a long
> process....
> Also be aware that although Starmetro's original hope was that the Next by
> Text reply would be a real time ETA (based on satlite tracking of the bus),
> it is, in fact, an ETA based on the printed schedule only.
>  I've used the texting system a fair amount over the past couple of weeks.
> Overall it has worked for me.
> A typical reply, if you texted from a stop which served the A and C routes,
> for example, might be
>  A 11:30 / C 11:50 / A 12:10PM / C 12:30PM
>  Also, in every reply I've gotten, the above text was followed by a short
> text ad (after 2 -s), such as "Check out a great book from your local
> library".
> Finally, one possibly helpful tidbit: my observations have led me to
> conclude that the stop IDs
>  1) are even on the even side of the street, and odd on the odd side
>  and
>  2) when more than one route uses a stop, the stop uses the first
> (alphabetic) letter in its ID; that is, at the W. Tennessee stops served by
> both A and C, the stops are all SMA####.

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