GPS technology helping L.A. bus riders tell if their ride will be on time
L.A. transit officials are unveiling new technology to help riders know when their bus will arrive.
Dubbed NexTrip, the online service uses GPS and other technologies to track buses on their routes. It is "designed to help take the guesswork out of bus arrival and help you to get to your stop at the same time as your bus," according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
"Our customers are always looking for better and easier ways to get information about our buses," said Robin O'Hara, the agency's systems project manager. "When you're standing at a stop and you're wondering if your bus has gone by or if you're early and you don't know what time it is, it's nice to have access to that information."
Similar systems are already in place in cities such as Portland, Ore., and San Francisco, said Al Martinez, a supervising engineer in Metro's operation systems. The project will cost about $400,000 for the first year and $200,000 annually in the future, Martinez said. More than 100,000 people already are using the system each month.
-- Ari Bloomekatz
Photo: Bus riders wait at Wilshire and Western. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times