Metrobus to provide status updates

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (DC) plans to provide real-time service alerts for its Metrobus system, according to the The Washington Examiner. WMATA is adding three people to its communications staff who be responsible for sending out status updates for the bus system. The team will work out of Metro’s bus operations control center in Prince George’s County. “The thinking is that customers will be able to sign up for their bus service by line or lines,” spokesman Dan Stessel told The Examiner. Metro already provides electronic updates for the rail system, but bus alerts have not been available. The NextBus system offers real-time bus arrival predictions but cannot account for service disruptions. The bus alert system will initially be available on weekdays only. Link to full story in The Washington Examiner.

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