Metro Unveils New Real-time Bus Info at Government Square

Beginning June 29 at 10 a.m., customers at Metro’s Government Square transit center downtown will be able to simply look at new real-time information boards to know exactly when their buses will leave Government Square.

CINCINNATI  - “What time will my bus arrive?” It’s a question Metro riders ask thousands of times a day.

Beginning June 29 at 10 a.m., customers at Metro’s Government Square transit center downtown will be able to simply look at new real-time information boards to know exactly when their buses will leave Government Square. The concept is similar to departure boards at airports.

New real-time information boards will display bus departure times at each of Government Square’s eight shelters, thanks to new GPS technology installed on Metro buses in 2011.

A master information board showing real-time information for all buses serving Government Square will be located at the front of the Government Square booth at the corner of Fifth & Walnut.

How it works:  Bus departure times will appear on the boards 45 minutes before a bus is scheduled to depart from Government Square. When the bus is within 20 minutes of the scheduled departure time, the board will begin a countdown using real-time information based on GPS tracking.

The real-time information boards also feature a button that customers with disabilities can push to hear the information being displayed on the boards.

Metro will be installing real-time information at the new Glenway Crossing Transit Center and in the new Uptown Transit District, which will begin construction later this year. Metro also plans to add real-time information to its website and offer smartphone apps within the next year.

About 20% of downtown workers ride Metro, and almost all routes use Government Square. Metro provides about 17 million rides per year.

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