Metro Provides Real-Time Bus Arrival Time Data to Public

New, free "Bus Detective" app officially launches June 18

CINCINNATI – “Where’s my Metro bus?”  There’s an app for that!

Metro is streaming real-time bus arrival time data that is now being used by two popular, free transit apps, Bus Detective and Transit, available at app stores.  The apps use Metro’s GPS-based data to let smartphone and tablet users know when their bus will arrive at any designated bus stop.  Bus stops are marked with a 4-digit code sticker that is used by the real-time system.

Metro’s real-time data feed is available online for public app development at along with a complete list of apps that use both Metro’s scheduled and real-time data feed.

“It’s all about convenience.  Our customers want to know when their bus is coming, real-time,” says Metro CEO Dwight Ferrell. “Smartphones are everywhere, and transit apps like Bus Detective make transit even easier to use.”

Local “Bus Detective” transit app launches June 18

Local software development consultancy, Gaslight, used Metro’s open data to create the Bus Detective app for its employees; more than half of the company’s employees take the bus to work.   “We’re huge fans of open data and turning that information into something valuable for the public,” says Chris Moore, CEO of Gaslight. “We also love public transportation and hope the app encourages more people to ride the bus.”

Gaslight is now making the free app available to the public.  Bus Detective takes the guesswork out of catching the bus by putting real-time arrival data in the hands of Metro riders.

The free app taps into real-time data to show riders how many minutes away each bus is from their stop — it even knows if the bus is delayed by traffic. Riders will know if they just missed a bus or if there’s time to grab a cup of coffee. The app is available online at or as a free download on iPhone or Android smartphones and tablets.

To use Bus Detective riders simply choose a bus stop, and at a quick glance, the app displays arrival times for every bus headed toward that stop in the next hour. Bus Detective allows users to: 

• View a minute-by-minute countdown of bus arrivals

• Bookmark favorite stops to quickly check arrival times

• Instantly find bus stops close to their current location

• Search for bus stops by street name

“The Bus Detective app is a great example of the talent and creativity within our community and is helping make catching the bus even easier for the thousands of customers who rely on our service every day,” added Ferrell.

Bus Detective event on Fountain Square, June 18

To celebrate the Bus Detective app official rollout, Metro and Gaslight will be hosting a special launch event on Fountain Square Thursday, June 18 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The public is invited to learn more about the app, win prizes and enjoy music from WARM 98. There will even be a full-size Metro bus dressed up like a Bus Detective, and the chance to take selfies with fun detective-themed props.

About Metro
Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year. 

About Gaslight

Gaslight builds technology that matters. As an agile software design and development consultancy, we help businesses identify meaningful tech opportunities then build and test those ideas fast. We’ve worked with everyone from growing San Francisco startups and disruptive education companies to Fortune 500 giants like P&G and Omnicare. Our developers also lead a wide range of workshops and private training sessions on the latest languages, tools and methods.


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