But wait, there's more to Nextrip

During the many dozens (if not hundreds) of hours I have spent waiting for buses, the thought occurred to me many times that it would be so sweet if I could just look down at a computer or my smartphone and actually see the location of the next bus.

Folks… that day has come.

In addition to being able to find out how long you need to wait for the next bus, customers can now track the whereabouts of a bus on a live map, thanks to the Nextrip program announced on The Source on Wednesday. The following video explains how:

In short, you can get to the live map by clicking here and clicking on the “View Route on Live Map” button. Then, you’ll select your route and you can see the whereabouts of all the buses on that particular line.

Admittedly, this isn’t super precise — the window refreshes every 20 to 30 seconds, it appears — and I couldn’t get this to work yet on my smartphone. But as someone who rides a lot of Metro buses, this information makes me rethink my reticence to ride buses when they don’t run as frequently, particularly at night and on weekends.

Enjoy and let us know what you think in the comments.

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  1. Hello,

    The nextrip bus arrivals app is spectacular. However I noticed that the Metro Silver Line (910) no longer has a stop at Figueroa/Exposition. Instead the stop is at 37th Street Silver Line Station. On the route scroll list, it would be more clear if the silver line says: 910 Metro Silver Line, just like the orange line (901 Metro Orange Line); Most passengers are not familiar with line 910, but the name silver line sounds more clear. In addition, I would like if the route lines shown can have different colors for their service:

    Orange: Metro Local Lines (2-290)
    Orange: Metro Limited Lines (302-378)
    Red: Metro Rapid Lines (705-794)
    Purple: Metro Shuttle Lines (603-687)
    Blue: Metro Express Lines (439-577X)
    Silver with transit way route: Metro Silver Line
    Orange with transit way route: Metro Orange Line