NextBus prediction for light rail vehicles may be fixed tomorrow


If you ride Muni’s light rail trains, there’s some good news for you: the NextBus outage could be fixed as early as tomorrow evening for light rail vehicles. Last Friday the SFMTA said that it would take “a few weeks” to fix NextBus outage caused by network upgrades, affecting over 70 percent of buses. This meant that 70 percent of buses prediction times may not show up on NextMuni signs or mobile apps using NextMuni data.

The vehicles affected included 150 light rail trains and about 500 buses.

SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose told Muni Diaries this afternoon that most of the light rail vehicles were upgraded Monday evening: “As of last night, more than 130 trains out of the 150 had been upgraded. The rest will be done tonight.”

That leaves the 500 buses in the fleet still needing upgrading. From the official update on the SFMTA blog:

Over the coming weeks, we will continue replacing and reprogramming outdated vehicle modems on the remainder of the Muni fleet. We will continue to upgrade our rail fleet and move onto the approximately 500 buses that have not already been upgraded as part of the Computer Aided Dispatch and Automated Vehicle Location System (CAD/AVL), also know as the radio replacement project. All of this work is being completed by Muni staff along with our NextBus partners.

Meanwhile, Muni shelter signs have been including apologies such as in the photo above. Are you using bus schedules or just sheer force of will to plan your commute?

We’ll keep you updated on how the fix is coming.

One comment

  • Dexter Wong

    Good, there is a technical solution to the problem. I typically see responses from people who think Muni is unconcerned with fixing the problem or is unable to come up with a solution.

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