Transportation

Houston Bus Riders Can Now Get Real-Time Information

New smartphone app tells riders when their bus should arrive.

Metro Google app
Metro “T.R.I.P” (Transit Route Information & Planning) Android App

Metro will now provide real time information to bus riders through a new smartphone app. The transit agency is partnering with Google to provide the free app.

Metro already has an app with bus schedules, but the new app goes a step further. It uses existing GPS technology to give riders real-time predictions as to when their bus will arrive.

Metro Chief Information Officer Denise Wendler demonstrated the app for Metro’s board.

“So you’ll see it’s crossed out the schedule information and right above that it’s showing you the real-time information. So it said it was supposed to be there at 10:17 but it’s actually going to be there at 10:20.”

Wendler says the free app also gives information on detours along the route that could delay a trip.

“They’ll see that asterisk with the red circle around it. They click on that, it expands, and they can get the detour information that’s related to the trip that they are taking.”

Metro first partnered with Google in 2008 when bus schedules were loaded onto Google Maps.

You can find more information about the real-time app here.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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