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Google Maps will now let you know if a Metro bus is delayed or on time

Metro bus
Photograph: Steve Hymon, Courtesy Metro

We can't be the only ones who compulsively check Google Maps for traffic updates. And we know there are plenty of people out there who stare down Metro's Nextrip service to try and figure out why the bus hasn't arrived yet.

Now you can carry out all of your ETA needs in one app because Google Maps has integrated Metro bus arrival times. The feature, which Metro reports was soft-launched last week, will color on-time buses in green and early or delayed arrivals in red. Any arrivals without real-time predictions will display in black.

Photograph: Courtesy Metro


Rail line arrival times, unfortunately, don't seem to be integrated into Google Maps yet, though you can still look up scheduled times (yes, the subway has a schedule). Other transit lines like DASH, Culver CityBus or Foothill Transit also don't have real-time data yet, though Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus had its arrivals rolled into Google Maps back in June. Hopefully the rest of the county's agencies will follow suit soon—could we have a real-time arrival app to track their progress?