From an honorable mention at Startup Weekend last year to winning second place at October’s Evergreen Apps Challenge, the developers of WhichBus have made serious progress.

Now comes another big step: WhichBus is officially going live.

Similar to OneBusAway, WhichBus helps you navigate your way around Seattle on public transit. It combines both trip planning and real-time arrival information to help riders plan their trips efficiently.

Whereas OneBusAway gives you only real-time arrival information, WhichBus lets you enter in your destination and arrival point, then maps out the route for you.

WhichBus pulls in routing information from buses, Link Light Rail and Washington State Ferries. It’s web only for now, but features responsive design so it works on all internet connected devices including smartphones. The iPhone app is waiting for approval.

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  • Eric Schiller

    Why isn’t there a link to the app in the article?

  • Per-Ola

    Can I be a little critical here?
    Just like Metro’s “Trip planner”, the input needed is too specific.
    Should be able to do a zip code, i.e. 98004, and a landmark (Seattle Center).
    And specific addresses can by typed in in so many different ways (8767 48st Ave NE, 8767 48th Avenue NE, 8767 48 Ave NE, etc, etc).
    As it is now, the app does not even recognize “Seattle Center” or “University of Washington”, sort of significant landmarks…

    But all is not lost. Metro’s trip planner constantly tell me I have no bus connection to Seattle, even though it only takes 4 minutes to walk down to the 255 bus stop and Im in Seattle in about 30 minutes.

    Guidance is not easy for us lost city dwellers :-)

    • Dave from WhichBus

      Hi there, Dave from WhichBus here. First of all, thanks for giving WhichBus a try. WhichBus does in fact recognize “Seattle Center” “University of Washington” and other landmarks as well as zip codes. (See pic for example.) It is possible you did not accept the ‘share your location’ popup in your browser. It’s really easy to miss so we’re working to make it more obvious.

      • Dustin

        The site will not function if you don’t allow location access. This type of access doesn’t seem appropriate for a web app and still shouldn’t be required of a phone app. Why does the site need access to my location information for me to type an address in?

        • Dave from WhichBus

          Hi Dustin, thanks for giving WhichBus a try. We’re working on a change so addresses will still function should you choose not to share your location. Thanks for the feedback!

  • Denis Du Bois

    Finally, someone is doing what I hoped OneBusAway would do, which is to create an actual usable tool for point-to-point trip planning. Metro’s tool is woefully inadequate and they should fully support this effort.

    Here’s a suggestion, Dave: Include Park & Rides. Offer a route option that
    starts by driving to the most logical P&R lot and catching a bus,
    instead of adhering to the starting address and suggesting time-wasting
    walk/shuttle combinations.

    • Dave from WhichBus

      Thanks for the feedback Denis. Park & Rides would be a wonderful addition. We’ll add it to the list!

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