Here’s some great news for New Yorkers who commute by bus. The MTA just announced the expansion of MTA Bus Time, a program that lets you track your bus in real time and see exactly where it is, to Manhattan. The new coverage will extend to all routes in Manhattan within the next six months, and will allow people to use smart phones, web browsers and text messages to see exactly when they should run for the next bus.
The new program will save New Yorkers the time and frustration of helplessly waiting at a bus stop with no idea whether they missed the last bus or if one is right around the corner. Rather than waiting for the bus, the MTA Bus Time program will let commuters “meet the bus,” giving them a play-by-play as it makes its way along the route, showing traffic and other delays in real-time.
41 bus routes in the Bronx and Staten Island have already benefited from MTA Bus Time, which kicked off in January 2012. The expansion will add 1,800 Manhattan bus stops to the mix, with 2,852 buses in the MTA fleet having the GPS hardware that tracks progress in real-time. Once the expansion is complete, 6,000 bus stops will be included in the innovative program.
Customers can access their bus’ information in three ways. They can log onto the website on their phones or computers, scan the QR code on the schedule posted at each bus stop, or even text their bus stop location to 511123 to find out the location of the next bus.
The exciting MTA Bus Time program will help commuters make the best out of New York’s green transportation initiatives.