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NYC MTA Posts Bus Stop Numbers, Now You Can Text for Live Bus Information

Friday, February 11, 2011 - 04:52 PM

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)  If you've been wanting to try out the MTA's real time bus information pilot along the B63 line in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Park Slope, and downtown Brooklyn, so far as we can tell, the placards with the numbers to text have now been posted.

So, if you're at a stop, you text TO number 41411 the message MTA, and your stop number.

I tried:  MTA 308207

I got back:  B63 3 stops away, B63  2.0 miles away, B63 2.4 miles away, etc. (down to B63 5.2 miles away (at terminal).

Seems to be working just fine -- though for now you have to send a text to check on the bus's progress, and it took a few of us a few tries to get all the spacing right.  (If you put in MTA308207 with no spaces, for example, you get an error message).  Have you tried it? What do you think?

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Comments [2]

abe figueroa

The bus schedule along Hylan Blvd staten island zip 10308,10306 .are in correctly posted because my and other classmates are not being picked up at the schedule time of 7:20, 7:30 am which is causing them to get to school later. This been happening for the last to months. Can you explain this, the next arriving buses are at 7:50am,you get 3 or 5 buses at a time

Jun. 10 2011 10:20 AM
Andrew

I used the web version (rather than the text version) and it works great. I am SO EXCITED for this to be rolled out more broadly. As someone who is endlessly frustrated by the total disconnect between the posted arrival times and the actual arrival times, this will save me enormous amounts of waiting and worrying.

Feb. 14 2011 12:51 PM

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