The Bronx is now a Bus Time borough.
The MTA has thrown the switch to the on position; real time bus arrivals. through MTA Bus Time, are now available on all of the Bronx's local, limited, select and express buses via desktop, mobile phone and SMS delivery. Bus Time, built on our OneBusAway Enterprise platform has gone live in the city's fourth most populous borough.
We get to see Bus Time at work on the city's first SBS Route, the Bx12 on Fordham Rd as well as the 58 others that operate on the streets of the Bronx. These join Staten Island's 29 local and 23 express routes, Manhattan's M34, M34A, M100, Brooklyn's B61, & B63 and the Q50 in Queens. You can see all 111 available routes here.
With project partner Cambridge Systematics, we've been adding features and refinement to Bus Time's front and back end. The mobile site can locate nearby bus routes based on your location, displays strip maps showing where along the line approaching buses are, and can locate nearby stops and point you towards them.
Want to play around with Bus Time but are unfamiliar with the Bronx? Here's some tips:
+ Grand Concourse and Fordham Road is host to 11 of Bronx's bus line, search for that intersection to see these routes fan out over the borough.
+ The MTA's Bronx bus map can be found here as a PDF.
+ Want to try it on a basic feature phone? Send stop code 101409 as a text to 511123 to see the Bx21 to Westchester Sq, departing from 174th St and Boston Rd.
+ Bus stop codes are found on Guide-A-Ride panels at each bus stop. They are also found in the roll-over tags on the Bus Time map when zoomed in close.
+ Express buses are also covered by Bus Time. The BxM1,BxM2, BxM3, BxM4, BxM5, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, BxM10, BxM11 & BxM18 are all beaming back their locations as they travel to and from the heart of Manhattan.