Metro Launches New Mobile Technology
Metro On The Go, the official mobile application of the Metro transit system, is now available to all Metro riders. The new mobile app combines the features of Metro’s web-based Trip Planner with real-time vehicle data and the location services of the user’s mobile device. Transit riders now have a convenient, easy-to-use way to know where their bus is and when it will arrive.
The application accesses real-time vehicle data from Metro’s automatic vehicle locator system, which the agency uses to track its MetroBus fleet. With this information, Metro On The Go provides customers with real-time MetroBus arrival and departures times, and users can also view their bus on a map and find its current location on its route.
Metro On The Go also offers a variety of features to help plan trips on MetroLink and MetroBus from a mobile device. In addition to a mobile trip planner, app users can access schedules for MetroLink and every MetroBus route, save recent trips, check Rider Alerts and use the location services of their mobile device to identify nearby stops and transit options.
“We’re always looking at ways to provide more resources for our riders,” said Ray Friem, Metro Chief Operating Officer of Transit Services. “With Metro On The Go, our passengers have the ability to not only plan their trips or check schedules from the palm of their hand, but actually see – in real-time – exactly where their bus is on a map. We’re very excited to be able to offer this new app to our riders.”
Metro On The Go is available for iOS and Android devices and can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. It is the latest example of Metro’s ongoing commitment to improve the public transit experience with new technology. Last September, Metro added a new real-time feature to its online trip planning program, and in December, the agency launched a mobile-friendly Trip Planner.
About Bi-State Development Agency
The Bi-State Development Agency (BSDA) is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 379 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 75 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. BSDA also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park, and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center and Gateway Arch Transportation System. The region’s new freight district also will be operated by BSDA.