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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?