Interesting news release from our friends at BART in the Bay Area on a new feature that predicts train crowding. The release is below — what'cha think, L.A. riders? A feature you would like to see here?
Visitors to the BART website and mobile site can now get a snapshot of estimated crowding levels on trains when they plan a trip.
The beta version of the estimated crowding feature launched Tuesday. When you use the BART QuickPlanner, your trip plan will show an icon with three heads, two heads or one head – indicating “heavy crowding expected,” “moderate crowding expected,” or “light crowding expected.”
The new feature is a response in part to record ridership levels on BART, giving riders another tool to find a train with more space, if they have flexibility to make their trip a little earlier or later.
The crowding level estimates are based on historic data; BART’s web team worked closely with BART’s scheduling department to coordinate the new feature in an effort to give riders more choices.