MTA Bus Time expands to Manhattan routes

MTA Bus Time Manhattan
MTA Bus Time, the authority’s live bus tracking service, expanded to cover all Manhattan bus routes Monday.
Credit: MTA

Forget about waiting for the bus in the blistering cold this winter — the MTA has Manhattanites covered.

MTA Bus Time, the authority’s live bus tracking service, expanded to cover all Manhattan bus routes Monday.

Riders can track the location of every Manhattan bus in real time on their smartphones, the Internet or through text messages.

The expansion adds almost 1,800 bus stops to the system, at a total of 6,000 stops with routes in the Bronx and Staten Island.

GPS hardware was installed in 2,852 buses in those three boroughs, but the MTA hopes to expand the service citywide in the next six months.

The expansion fits with the MTA’s plans to bring the system into the 21st century, said Darryl Irick, New York City Transit’s senior vice president for buses and president of the MTA Bus Company.

“Taking the guesswork out of riding a bus through real-time arrival information is a logical step toward that goal,” Irick said in a statement.

Thirty-four routes were added Monday, expanding the service to about 93 percent of all Manhattan bus customers.

To use MTA Bus Time:

  • Go to bustime.mta.info and enter a bus route.
  • Text an intersection, street address or bus stop code to 511123 from a cellphone to get a message listing local bus routes.
  • Using a smartphone QR code reader, scan the QR code printed on the Guide-A-Ride schedules posted at bus stops.

Applications already equipped with MTA Bus Time data:

  • iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch: All Aboard NYC, All Schedules Free, Bing Mobile, Bus New York City, Google Maps for Mobile, In Time Staten Island, Ride On Time NYC; Roadify, Transit Times
  • Android: Bus Tracker Pro – MTA NY, Sched NYC

Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.