Thanks to recent technological advances, there are many new information tools that make public transportation easily accessible to all. Whether you are a regular rider, or just want to ride the bus for one day, these 5 tools can help you get on board!

NextBus

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NextBus provides you with real-time arrival information specific to your bus route.

How it works:

NextBus uses Global Position Satellite (GPS) technology, and advanced computer modeling to track the routes of buses and cars, taking into account the vehicle's actual position, intended stops, and typical traffic patterns. NextBus provides highly accurate bus arrival times. In addition, using your location, NextBus is able to determine and predict what routes are in your area and your arrival time. Once you have selected your criterion, the information is automatically displayed and updated every few seconds.

How to access it:

  • Internet
  • Smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices.
  • SMS Text
  • Phone call

 

Moovit

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Moovit is a mobile app (online website above) where users can plan trips, receive and share real-time public transportation information and easily navigate to their destination of choice.

How it works:

Information provided by Moovit is acquired through crowdsourcing. By riding with the app open, users anonymously share their public transit vehicle location and speed. This information is then combined with data gathered directly from transit agencies to provide users with better arrival times and route plans. You can also choose to actively contribute relevant status reports such as bus cleanliness, occupancy and any accidents that may cause a delay or change in routes.

How to access it:

  • Smartphone app
  • Internet

 

Google Maps - Transit

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Google Maps - Transit allows you to maneuver your way around the city with the help of public transportation. With this easy to use system, you can get personalized directions to any destination on any web device.

How it works:

Once you've entered your destination, you will receive several options that include the public transit lines availability,  average duration of the trip, operating time and frequency. You can view your route on the interactive map by clicking "Preview steps," you can also switch to Satellite view to familiarize yourself with the area. After selecting "More options and times" from the main map view, the Schedule Explorer will display the overall travel time for your route, including the time walking, time on transit and the transit lines used.

How to access it:

  • Smartphone app
  • Internet

 

Go511

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Go511 is your one-stop source for bus, subway and train information in Southern California. Go511 can help improve your commute by keeping you informed even before you leave the house and while on the go as it is accessible through many channels.

How it works:

Information found in Go511 comes from a variety of traveler information sources such as; Caltrans and transit agencies from across its reporting area. The "Trip Planner" option allows you to find the best route for your trip, and the "Find a Transit Provider" tool allows you to find bus or train service near you. If you want information on a route, you can use of the "Transit Departure Times" option where you will find the next scheduled arrival times for your chosen bus line stop.

How to access it:

  • Smartphone app
  • Internet
  • Phone

 

Metro LA Alerts

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Receive all of Metro, Los Angeles system alerts for bus and rail via twitter @metrolaalerts.  With Metro LA Alerts you'll be up-to-date with the most current reports on public transportation in your local area.

How it works:

Follow @metrolaalerts on twitter and receive transit updates on your feed.

How to access it:

  • Twitter app
  • Twitter website
  • SMS Texts