Standing at the bus stop, waiting for the Wolfline to whisk him off to an early morning computer science class, Josh Whiton had an epiphany. Well, not so much an epiphany as a feeling of irritation. Where’s the bus?
Whiton may have missed the bus, but he didn’t miss the opportunity to turn a problem into a solution. His brainchild, an online tool called TransLoc, lets transit riders track buses in real time on their laptops, smart phones or other handheld devices.
“People can go from having a half-hour wait for the bus to a 30-second or one-minute wait because they can see the vehicle coming down the road virtually,” Whiton says.