Goals and Objectives

MySmartSA utilizes a multipronged approach to conduct quantitative and qualitative research using secure intelligent technology, build intra- and inter-disciplinary research capacity at A&M-SA, build research partnerships between A&M-SA and SA VIA Metropolitan Transit (VIA Transit) to facilitate data driven transit planning decisions, and increase the competitiveness of A&M-SA faculty-student research for future CISE grants. The MySmartSA app will be customizable and will include real-time bus arrival information, notices when seating is limited, instant alert messages for schedule changes and other important information, and interactive features to directly collect data from riders about their commute experience. All services will be available in both English and Spanish. Researchers and students from diverse disciplines (sociology, computer science, cyber security, & information science) will work collaboratively to achieve project success.

The objectives of the MySmartSA are to:

(1) improve the accuracy of bus arrival time reporting

(2) provide up-to-date information about seating availability and important transit alerts

(3) collect data that will be used to improve rider satisfaction and inclusivity of VIA transit