Develop plan for a scaleable grassroots bus tracking system that operates in realtime.
The New York City MTA just abandoned its second effort at providing a bus tracking system for the city's buses. From the article on NY1.com:
It's the second time the MTA has thrown in the towel on a tracking system. Back in 1996, a similar project failed, in part because satellite signals were lost in the skyscraper canyons of Manhattan -- just one of many issues, the MTA says, that makes it difficult to predict arrival times.
"It's not just the urban canyons, but the schedules, the tight schedules, the headways, the traffic. The operating environment I think is the most challenging of any city's," said Sassan Davoodi, Co-Project Manager, NYC Transit.
Can you come up with a plan for a bus tracking system that can be put in place in a DIY way, that addresses the above issues and is scalable?
Post your solutions as responses to this post.
(topic for this challenge appropriated from Anthony's post here)