Aloha Techhui, I just finished rebuilding the HEA system from TheBus with some enhancements, and would love feedback! It's certainly an alpha, but it's usable and (at least in my opinion) already offers a handful of improvements over the current HEA system. You can check it out here - http://thebus.ws. If you're interested in learning more, read on!
DISCLAIMER: I do not work for TheBus. This was a personal project of mine. It was done for fun and out of a passion for buses and the transit system in general. Also, certain pages will be slow on first-load because I am fetching data and parsing it from TheBus, but subsequent loads will be faster.
Late in 2009 I discovered the wonderful HEA system created by TheBus to make riding the bus easier. It's a fantastic service which lets you look up a specific stop by intersection or ID, and then see all of the buses coming to that stop, realtime, thanks to GPS onboard every bus.
Being an avid rider I came to use the system quite often, both on my previous iPhone 3G and now on my Android powered phone. In riding frequently, I also came to realize the many shortcomings of the HEA system. Sometimes you know you're near a bus stop, but have no idea what the Stop ID is and can't look it up. Same is true for not knowing an intersection. TheBus is making progress installing new code signs at every stop, but the majority are unlabeled. Another problem I face time and time again is searching for an intersection, finding two stops with the same name (across from the street from each other) and not knowing which one goes which direction. I truly commend the guys at TheBus for their hard work in creating HEA, it's a priceless service, however it's clearly lacking in certain areas.
So, being a TheBus rider and web geek, I decided to take it upon myself to address some of the shortcomings of the system and built my own. You're looking at my first public non-embarrassing version of HEA++, which does a few things that the standard HEA does not.
I have a TON of functionality planned for the very near future. Unfortunately I need to pay my bills, so certain things will take priority over this. However, I certainly appreciate any comments, feedback, requests, or other inquiries. Feel free to email me here if you'd like!
For those curious, this site was built using Django on top of a PostgreSQL db with a small handful of external libraries. It's hosted on a Linode server (this is a referral link!). If you'd like to learn more about me personally, head over to my personal site, whalesalad.