MTA Bus Time service hits Brooklyn and Queens on March 9

Once the service is active in Kings and Queens counties, it will provide commuters with real-time details on bus schedules in all five boroughs

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

When the MTA launched its Bus Time service in Manhattan back in October, the organization promised to have the program up and running in all five boroughs within six months. And lo and behold, that promise was kept: On March 9, Bus Time service will expand to Brooklyn and Queens, the only two boroughs that were missing from the program. (The Bronx and Staten Island have had Bus Time service since 2012.) Which means that very soon, you'll be able to get real-time service details for more than 15,000 bus stops covering every single city bus route. Score!

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.

Now that this is in place, hey, MTA—how about a similar program for the subway?

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)

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