14 Positives Easy to use and modern Popular apps Web-based system Frequent refresh rateAlert systemCellular dataLow equipment profileIntegration with Zonar
15 Negatives Bumpy beginnings Route designing No connection with City Transit System
16 James Madison University - NextBus “It’s all about ridership”Reviewed several systems:Route MatchAvailMarthaTranslocTrapezeSyncromaticsConnexionzNextBusEvaluated short listed vendors:Criteria on spreadsheetSurveyed other universities.Issued RFP’s and reviewed proposalsHeld live or webex demos and Q&A sessions.
17 James Madison University - NextBus Selected NextBusAdvantages:Numerous customers – small to largeVery solid technical baseExcellent implementation historiesSeamless operationsAdd-on functionalityConcerns:Price“Closed System”Implemented test mode Fall Semester 2011Went live Spring Semester of 2012
18 James Madison University - NextBus Real-Time View of Routes10-30 Second UpdatesBus Arrival PredictionsOnlineMobile Apps (live map)SMS/TextIVRQR scansAlert Notifications