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Google Maps is available for download in iOS App Store and Android Google Play store. Google Maps is also available at https://www.google.com/maps.
Using Google Maps is easy. Whether on your smartphone or desktop, zoom in on the map until you can see the "street-level" view and click on the blue bus icon:
In the desktop view below, times listed in green are real-time information
On the mobile version, after clicking on the blue bus icon, click on "Buses" and you will be provided a list of minutes until arrival for each line currently serving that stop
Yes. When you plan your trip, be sure to click on the Transit icon (bus). Then, real-time projections of when the bus will arrive at the stop you need to catch the bus will appear in green.
The Transit App is available for download in iOS App Store and Android Google Play store.
Transit App is only available via smartphone.
First, Transit App will walk you through a tutorial.
It's green and there are 5 tips.
Please! Read them all.
When the symbol is present, the route is providing real-time information. If the symbol is not present, the minute countdown provided is referring to scheduled time. This will happen from time to time for different reasons, ranging from when a bus is in "fall back mode," if the radio signal is too weak (especially in the Downtown area),< or occasionally if there is simply an outage. If this occurs, no worries. Real-time will come back soon.
The allows you to see the entire route of the selected line. You will also see moving symbols. The bus icons sometimes lag behind a minute, so you can click on the white circles (bus stops) to see the time the bus is projected to arrive, or if it has already arrived.
Clicking on the , you can see all scheduled times for your route at the nearest stop. When the symbol is present, the time provided is real-time. Here you can set alarms to remind you of your departure time. Remember, we will always advise that you arrive at your stop 5 minutes before your bus is scheduled to arrive, regardless of real-time technology.
Transit App automatically pulls your current location when you open the app. If you click the icon in a route, it will save that route as your "favorite." Next time you open the app, it will be at the top of the list!
As a first time user, you will be able to see car2go, COGO, Uber and other options on the map. Apple users can click the icon, and Android users can click the icon, both located in the upper right hand corner to turn options on and off, provide feedback, and set notifications.
Feedback provided through Transit App should only be about the app. If you are experiencing problems with COTA (the actual bus service you are receiving), you should still call COTA Customer Service at (614)228-1776.
Sometimes there will be outages. This will happen from time to time for different reasons, ranging from when a bus is in "fall back mode," if the radio signal is too weak ( especially in the Downtown area), or occasionally if there is simply an outage. If this occurs, no worries. Real-time will come back soon.
This isn't just in Columbus, this is true in transit agencies around the world.
TOTALLY! Anyone is welcome to use COTA's real-time data feed to incorporate into their own app. However, COTA cannot support the development of your projects in any way. COTA does not do any in-house development, therefore has no one who can help you develop. We are excited for the technology to grow and give our customers better information, but unfortunately we don't have the man-power to support it. You can get the data streams here.