By Sarah Klein
Bus riders now have another convenient way to check if their ride is on time or not. Winnipeg Transit announced Wednesday the launch of ‘BUStxt,’ a system that allows users to receive real-time transit information on their cell phones.
Users can send a text to 287898 (bustxt) followed by preset characters to get specific route information. Entering the 5-digit bus stop ID or the stop intersection will tell you the arrival time (eg. ‘10171’ or ‘nb osborne@river’ for the stop at northbound Osborne@River).
As SMS messages are limited to 136 characters, all messages are presented in a condensed form. Standard text messaging rates may apply.
Complete instructions on how to use BUStxt are available on WinnipegTransit.com. Condensed instructions can also be obtained by sending the text message “HELP” to 287898 (bustxt).