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New Signs to Make Metro's Nextrip Data Easier to Access

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at 12:28PM
Metro Nextrip ID Card Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

New Metro Nextrip signage on a bus stop near Olympic and Grand.

Nextrip, Metro's NextBus-powered system for realtime bus arrival information, added a nice dose of data to the transit system when it was rolled out this Spring. Like the DASH system that was launched in late 2009, Nextrip offers the ability to find out exactly when a bus will be arriving via the Internet, text message or a phone call.

While smartphone apps can make the process a snap, those without Internet access need to know their stop number to make the most of the system.

That process should be getting easier as Metro rolls out info signage like the one found here at Olympic and Grand. The stop sign offers instructions and an ID number in one easy package, an advance on the stickers that LADOT uses to offer the same service.

Scanning the QR code on the sign takes you to a mobile-optimized page offering arrival times for bus lines using the stop as well as Metro's most recent status tweet.

Don't be surprised if it takes a while to spot a sign on your favorite stop: Given the vast numbers of bus stops around Downtown (not to mention the rest of Metro's service area), rollout for the signage may take some time.

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