Using the Online Schedules
Online Schedule Legend
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Times displayed on the online schedules are derived from the regular bus schedules. Buses are not tracked in real time and could be delayed by traffic, weather, trains, etc.
Each route has special stops known as time points that buses use to stay on schedule. If a bus arrives at a time point before a scheduled time, it will stop and wait there until that time, even if there are no passengers to pick up. This ensures that the bus does not run too early for subsequent stops. Note that the time points are not the only stops along a given route.
Time points are displayed on the map as clock icons and shown as text labels at the top of the time schedule. Selecting a given time point will focus the map on that stop and display quick information about when the next bus is scheduled to be there, as well as when the last bus is scheduled to leave. These times are updated automatically and rely on the accuracy of the time set on your device. Selecting the same time point multiple times (either by clicking the icon on the map or its corresponding label on the schedule) will cause the map view to cycle through zoom levels on that particular time point to give you a better view.
All routes have a minimum of two route segments - one for outbound and one for inbound. These two segments indicate the route taken by a bus as it leaves the downtown transfer center (outbound) and the route taken as it returns to the downtown transfer center (inbound). Segments are color-coded to make them easier to differentiate.
Route segments can be selected by clicking a segment label at the top of the schedule viewer or by clicking a time point just below the map. This will display a brief description of the segment at the top of the map viewer window, highlight and animate the selected segment on the map, and dim any other segments.
When you first open an online schedule, you may be prompted to share your location. If you allow this, a green marker will be placed on the map at the location reported by your device. Please note that we have no control over the accuracy reported by your device.
If enabled, you can focus in on your location by clicking the crosshair icon on the toolbar between the map viewer and the schedule. Clicking on this icon multiple times will cycle through zoom levels, much like the time point labels do for the time points.
Routes may have different schedules for Saturday than they do on weekdays. These schedule variations can be viewed by clicking the dropdown box located on the toolbar just below the map. Most of the time you won't need to bother with this as the online schedule will check the date and display the correct variation for the current day of the week when it first loads.
As time elapses, scheduled times will expire and be shaded blue. Entire rows of times that have expired can be hidden or shown by clicking Toggle Expired Trips just below the time point headings. This allows you to hide trips that are no longer currently relevant while still having the option to view the full schedule for planning purposes. Expired trips are hidden by default.
When viewing a schedule for a route that isn't currently active (for example, viewing a Saturday schedule on a weekday or viewing a day service schedule at night) the schedule will show all times as expired, but you will not have the option to toggle them because doing so would hide the entire schedule.
Some routes have notes at the bottom of the schedule with additional information for specific times. These times are indicated on the schedule with one or more asterisks (∗). Hovering your mouse cursor over a note at the bottom will highlight the times on the schedule that it applies to, if the times are visible.