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Roosevelt Island Bus Tracker
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Track the buses on Roosevelt Island!
Track the buses on Roosevelt Island!

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MTA has expanded the MTA Bus Time service to all its line. You can follow the Q102 here: http://bustime.mta.info/#Q102

I'm sorry to inform that Nextbus has disabled their public API again, which broke our app:
http://webservices.nextbus.com/s/COM.NextBus.Servlets.XMLFeed?command=vehicleLocations&t=0&a=roosevelt&r=shuttle

We'll investigate an alternative to make it work again. Stay tuned.

This weekend we've released v1.6 that brings more stability and has better compatibility with newer Android devices, including ICS. Go check it out!

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We've been featured on every bus stop on Roosevelt Island!
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Do you have suggestions on how to improve the bus tracking app? Please feel free to add them as comments here!

I can't guarantee I'll implement all of them, since all the work is done in my spare time, but hearing from the users would certainly help prioritize things.

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Good news! After more than a week with the app not working properly, it has been fixed! You can now track the Red Bus again on your Android phone! Make sure you have version 1.5.1.

Some background about the problem.
The way the app used to get the bus locations was throught the URL:
http://www.nextbus.com/s/COM.NextBus.Servlets.XMLFeed?command=vehicleLocations&t=0&a=roosevelt&r=<route>

NextBus has disabled that link, which broke the app. Actually, the service has been moved to:
http://webservices.nextbus.com/s/COM.NextBus.Servlets.XMLFeed?command=vehicleLocations&t=0&a=roosevelt&r=<route>

Since I get no notification of those changes, it took me a while to find out about the problem and fix it. But it all should be good now.

By the way, if you are curious about what is the data the app actually sees, try out the link above, with <route> replaced by "shuttle", "express", or "firehouse" (without the quotes.

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Download the app with the following barcode
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You can install the app directly from the Android market: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.viniciusfortuna.bustracker

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