Customers Can Now Track NYC Buses Using Phones

ALBANY (AP) -

People who ride MTA buses throughout New York City are now able to use their smartphones to find out when the next bus will arrive at their stop.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the initiative required installing GPS hardware and cellular data transmission equipment on 5,700 buses, which send their location to a central server every 30 seconds.

Customers can see the information on their smartphones or by texting the specific bus stop code. The codes are already on signs at bus stops in Staten Island, the Bronx and Manhattan, and are expected to be posted in Brooklyn and Queens starting this week.

According to a Cuomo press release, the system was used more than 5 million times last month, 3.2 million by mobile browser, 1.7 million by text, and 550,000 times from a desktop.