Metro Transit is undertaking a Sign Test on routes 54 and 74. (Top Figure)
“Use the “Stop Number” at the bottom of the sign to access predicted real-time departures via NexTrip at metrotransit.org/mobile and metrotransit.org. By summer 2012, you’ll also be able to access information by Bus Stop Number at 612-373-3333.”
OK, better than not having the information (second figure), but the sign itself should convey information (third and fourth figures) about: (1) which routes serve the stop,
(2) where they go,
(3) how often they run,
(4) what time of day they run.
I am not always looking at a smartphone, (I may not even have one). I don’t want to have to look at a smartphone for basic information. The excuse I have heard is that it will be expensive to deploy the signs and make it more difficult to reschedule buses, since someone will have to go out and change the signs. Yes, of course that is true, but aren’t these the same people who tell me the value of LRT is its permanence rather than a bus’s flexibility? A small signal of permanence about bus routing might be warranted.