Text Me When the Bus Is Here
You may have seen Roadify's previous app ParkingAroundMe (PAM) talked about previously on Housing Watch. In short, ParkingAroundMe is a way for people to find and share available parking spaces via their cell phones.Roadify's newest endeavor -- BusesAroundMe (BAM) -- works the same way and utilizes their StreetCARma philosophy: to receive alerts, you need points. Earning points is as simple as sending in updates via text message or Twitter.To get started, just text "BAM" to 95495 (Roadify's shortcode) and you're good to go. BAM is currently being tested in New York's Park Slope neighborhood using the B67 bus route with other routes to be added based on user voting. To keep other users in the loop, riders can 'give' the B67's current location to 95495 by using the nearest crossing streets. If you're looking for an ETA, Roadify uses that data to text you updates -- so you won't be standing out in the cold or waiting forever for a bus held up in traffic.
Does the give-and-get concept work? Have a look at the map from Roadify's homepage to see what a little CARma can do: