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Technology Deep Dive: Transit Real-Time Information

Metropia offers a comprehensive transit information solution that enables users to access service schedules and plan their transit trips with ease. By seamlessly integrating data from diverse transit agencies through the Metropia backend, including the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) family of data standards, the platform ensures a unified and user-friendly experience. The figure below showcases the key data sources involved, as well as the vital role played by Metropia's user-facing app and backend servers in acting as an adapter, consolidating the data from multiple sources into a single structure that can be efficiently consumed by the app. This streamlined approach empowers users with accurate and up-to-date transit information, facilitating seamless trip planning and enhancing their overall transit experience.

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Metropia’s backend channels unified agency data feeds into one unified platform, the Metropia app

Transit Arrival Time Look Up in TimeTable

Metropia's transit information system provides real-time arrival times for enhanced convenience and efficiency. By accessing the transit route timetable, users can easily view the updated arrival times of buses at each stop along the selected route. This feature enables users to stay informed about the current status of transit services and make well-informed decisions regarding their travel plans. With the arrival times prominently displayed, users can effectively manage their time and make more efficient use of public transportation. The example below demonstrates how each stop on the selected route is clearly labeled with the expected bus arrival time, ensuring users have the most up-to-date information at their fingertips.

Arrival Time Lookup in Transit Time Table in Houston ConnectSmart app

Arrival Time Lookup in Transit Time Table in Houston ConnectSmart app

Transit Arrival Time Look Up in Route Planning

Metropia's transit information system goes beyond the traditional display of arrival times at individual stops. Through the integration of real-time bus arrival information into the MaaS trip planner, users can conveniently access arrival times as part of their planned route. In the figure below, the route displayed includes the estimated arrival time at a specific stop, providing users with a comprehensive view of their journey. With just a single tap, users can access an expanded page that shows the most up-to-date information on the arriving bus as well as all future scheduled buses. This streamlined approach allows users to effortlessly stay informed about the timing of their transit options, ensuring a smooth and efficient travel experience.


Arrival Time Lookup During Trip Planning in Houston ConnectSmart app


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