MTA Bus Time—a real-time bus tracker—is now live in Manhattan (video)

Know when the eff your bus is coming, thanks to this MTA service, which provides real-time info for commuters via smartphone, Web and text message.

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Photograph: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit

MTA Bus Time, a tracking service that has been running in the Bronx and Staten Island since last year, expanded to Manhattan today. The GPS-enabled app will (ideally) tell you the actual time your bus will arrive. Imagine—no more wasting precious minutes at the bus stop!


The device works by telling you how many stops away the next bus is, so you can best plan your travel—whether that means leaving home a little bit earlier or taking the subway instead. You can search by bus route, stop code or nearby intersection at Bus Time's smartphone-friendly website, text "511123" the same info for a real-time estimate, or scan the QR code from an MTA Bus Time sign at the bus stop. You can watch the video embedded below for a tutorial, too.


The program is due to arrive in Brooklyn and Queens within the next six months (buses that cross into those two boroughs don't have it for now, either). Thirty-six Manhattan bus routes are now live on the tracker. There are now 2,852 buses in the program, and installing the technology costs about $5,000 per vehicle. Thanks, MTA!



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