SEPTA SMS Transit

SEPTA SMS Transit enables users to request scheduled trip information via text message. Users subscribe to the service via text. After setting up an account, users can receive schedule information by texting the Stop ID number for a bus, trolley, or subway stop to 41411. They will receive a return text with information on the four next scheduled trips from that stop. Users can include the specific route designation in the text to receive information on a certain route if the stop serves multiple routes.

In addition to using the SMS, there is also a simulator which people can use to experiment at no cost.

Finally, the SMS data can be accessed from an API. The data returned by the API is currently text format, \n separated. SEPTA expects to add JSON and XML versions later. The API can be accessed in the format:
http://www3.septa.org/sms/var1/var2/var3/

[var1] = stop id

[var2] = route id OR i/o for inbound/outbound

[var3] = i/o for inbound/outbound only if route id is supplied

Stops fall into one of three categories, here's an explanation with some sample links:

Stops with service provided by only one route, stop is not the first or last stop and all travel is in a single direction:

http://www3.septa.org/sms/321

Returns the next 4 scheduled trolleys (All Route 13) at Chester Ave & 49th St.

Stops with service provided by multiple routes, but all travel is in one direction:

http://www3.septa.org/sms/20645/

Returns the next 4 scheduled trolleys at 22nd St. Station. Note the results shows trolleys regardless or route. To grep just a single route, for a multi-route, uni-directional stop, add another var:

http://www3.septa.org/sms/20645/13/

Returns only the Route 13 trolleys at 22nd St. Station

Stops with travel in multi-directions. This is usually end points, like the trolley loop at Juniper and they may or may not have multiple routes. For example:

http://www3.septa.org/sms/283

Returns the next 2 inbound and 2 outbound times for all routes

http://www3.septa.org/sms/283/13/

Returns the next 2 inbound and 2 outbound times for only Route 13

http://www3.septa.org/sms/283/o

Returns the next 4 outbound times for all routes

http://www3.septa.org/sms/283/13/o

Returns the next 4 outbound times for only Route 13

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Additional Info

Field Value
Maintainer None
Created December 8, 2014, 22:43 (UTC)
Area of Interest Southeastern Pennsylvania (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia counties)
Maintainer Link http://www.septa.org/cs/comment/
Maintainer Phone 215-580-7800
Metadata Contact Michael Zaleski
Usage Public Use

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