Metro stations and bus stops aren’t the only places that can benefit from dashboards with live schedule updates. Just look at TransitScreen, which has found a market with D.C.-area residential buildings, offices and universities. You can include restaurants and retailers in that space as well, and that’s who the District Department of Transportation is targeting with a new, free dashboard service that was announced on Monday.
Dubbed the “RideDC Portal Dashboard,” the platform lets anyone with an address set up a map and live feed of local transportation options, including Car2Go, ZipCar, Hertz, Circulator bus, Metro bus, Metro train and Capital Bike Share options. (You can see an example that I created for the Streetwise Media office above.)
Businesses, of course, will have to supply their own monitors, Internet connections and computers to display these dashboards, but anyone with the means to display a Web browser to customers or workers can easily up a screen in less than a minute. DDOT does recommend, however, that users have current versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer to do that, along with HD displays of 1080P that are at least 30 inches wide.
The design is clean and simple with a stacked schedule of what’s available (and users can choose which trains, buses, cars or bikes show up). After a dashboard gets set up, all someone needs to do is blow it up to fullscreen mode, and it pretty much lives by itself.
It’s definitely not a bad option for anyone with a lobby full of departing employees or clientele who might rather wait out their next bus indoors while during a storm (and maybe buy another coffee or other item while they’re at it).