Nextrip for Metro Rail now available; please let us know what you think


Nextrip on an iPhone. Click above to visit Nextrip’s desktop version for Metro Rail.

The Nextrip program that currently provides real-time arrival information for bus service has been expanded to include real-time arrivals for Metro Rail.

There are multiple ways to access the Nextrip real-time train arrival information. It can be viewed on the web, via smart phone browser, by texting a Metro bus stop ID number to 41411 and via telephone by dialing 511 and saying, “Nextrip.” (A Nextrip Rail app is in development.) And coming up soon, electronic signs on the train platforms will show real-time arrival information rather than the scheduled arrival times displayed now.

While the program continues to roll out, riders should give themselves extra time to ensure they don’t miss the train. The service is brand new and still being tweaked. As always, let us know what you think. Is it working for you?

If using a smart phone to access real-time rail info, remember to enable Nextrip to use your current location if it asks. The Nextrip mobile site also allows you how to look up arrival times at all rail stations: on a smartphone, click on “menu,” then “select specific stop” and then select “Los Angeles Rail” from the next list. At that point, select the Metro Rail line and then select a station.

20 replies

  1. With subway maintenance dropping downtown corridor service from 5 minutes to 20 minutes many weeknights this is crucial information to know, especially when you’re trying to connect to Metrolink or some other low frequency service.


  2. The only issue with the Metro Rail Nextrip is the failure of the system with you are in a tunnel right now. It will be different when they get wireless in the RED/PURPLE/BLUE line tunnels. When will that be


  3. Frankly this is infinitely more useful than your Metro iphone app. Any plans to update your app w/ this real time info?


  4. The smart phone version does not detect the location on Windows Phone 8. It gets stuck at “Determining Location please wait”. The end result is that the user has to manually go through the Agency > Route > Direction > Stop pages on a mobile phone to get to the predictions.
    The page works on iPhone and iPad. Just not on Windows Phone.


    • Hi BlogReader;

      Thanks much for the feedback. I’ll pass on your description of the issue to our tech folks.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source


  5. Looking at the projected arrival times for Culver City, it seemed to be working, showing trains 14 and 26 minutes out.

    It didn’t, however, show the train I was sitting on that was left two minutes later or the train that arrived at about the same time.

    I looked ahead to the next station and it also didn’t show the train I was on, so for what it’s worth, it was the 6:09 train out of Culver City with car 144A at the front.