Bus travel has never been more efficient, as Google Maps eliminates much of the guesswork that came with estimating travel time by bus. After entering a starting point and destination, the app provides the bus routes the rider will need to take and an eerily accurate estimated arrival time. Delays in service are received by Google, and the app will update the route to reflect the changes in travel time. Real-time Metro information is now also available on the Google Maps website, with deviations from the scheduled arrival times noted just like on the app.
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In the app, the times written in black are the scheduled arrival times, and the times written in red are the new arrival times that account for delays. If the bus were on time, the arrival would show up in green.
Google Maps has provided bus arrival info in its directions for years now, but those arrival estimates were never updated in real time. They were based on Metro’s published timetables and failed to take into account delays from minor things like, you know, famously bad LA traffic. To get real-time arrival information, one would have had to open a SECOND app (awful, right?), and coordinate between the two. Metro has been using that app, called Nextrip, since 2009 to provide accurate arrival information for its vehicles.
Travel options for a trip from LACMA to the Hollywood Bowl tell you where to expect a late bus: