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Plan your trip using NextBus, when bus service resumes

Update (6:55 p.m.): Metro canceled bus service Sunday night due to ice on the roads. They were unsure what service would be provided Monday morning.

If you're heading out into the cold to a bus stop, use Metro's NextBus service to find out when the next bus will arrive. Bus service is operating slower because of the region's record snowfall, and some routes are still closed. Wait times could be a guessing game, but NextBus uses GPS technology, so it will give you some sense of what your wait will be.

Log on to the NextBus Web site, or call 202-637-7000, and say "next bus" when prompted. Enter your bus stop number and bus route number, and you should receive an estimate of the arrival time of the next bus at your stop.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 20, 2009; 5:01 PM ET
Categories:  Commuting , Metro , Weather  | Tags: Metrobus, NextBus  
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Will Metro be operating above-ground tomorrow? My fiancee is trying to get to BWI via mass transit (probably will take Metro to Union Station for the MARC) and I have tix for the Redskins game and am trying to get there via metro.

Posted by: ianswank | December 20, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

ianswank,

Metro still hasn't made that decision. Problem is many of the railcars are buried in the snow in railyards. Metro says they plan to keep issuing updates Sunday night. As for the Morgan Boulevard Station, that is a question mark. Metro had even planned to stay open late for the game, but now we can't say for certain if there will be rail service to that location. We'll let you know as soon as we hear. You can also check the status of things at www.wmata.com.

Posted by: Michael Bolden | December 20, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

From Metro:

The limited Metrobus service that had been available today (December 20) will be suspended at 7 p.m. tonight due to the re-icing of roads. Officials will reevaluate conditions in the morning.

For Monday morning, commuters should expect very limited bus service as well as MetroAccess service as icy conditions on roadways continue to be a barrier to providing service. MetroAccess service for Monday will be limited to ¾ of a mile from all bus routes that are operating. MetroAccess customers will be contacted if their trips will be cancelled.

Metro staff continue to make progress in clearing the above-ground tracks, however there have been reports of some re-icing of the electrified third rail as the temperatures drop and the winds are blowing snow back onto the tracks...

Posted by: stuckman | December 20, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

NextBus is great, but the voice activated options often get cut off from even the lowest level street sounds.

Here are SHORTCUTS FOR USING NEXTBUS TOUCHTONE options:

1. dial the number-- 637-7000
2. after the first voice greeting, press 88 ("TT" for touch tone).
3. computer says "okay. from now on please use only your touch tone key pad...." (don't wait for message to finish)
4. Press 1 (trip schedules)
5. Press 3 (nextbus arrival times)
6. Type in Bus Stop ID# after the voice prompt
7. "Do you want arrival times for a specific bus?"
press 1 for yes (you'll have to speak the bus route #)
press 2 for no (she'll just give buses within the hour)

Shortened version:
88 / 1 / 3 / Bus ID / 2

It helps to cover the mouthpiece so no other sounds interrupt the computer.

Try it, it will save you tons of time.

Posted by: NatsNut | December 20, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

There are a number of other ways to access NextBus information - including going to www.nextbus.com where riders can also set alerts, etc. There are now a host of iPhone apps, including GoToThere - and NextBus just developed a website - www.nextbus.com/webkit - that uses the GPS built into your Smartphone (if you have one). When you go to the site the site knows where you are, shows you the closest bus stop in order of proximity - click on the stop you want to use and you'll see the NextBus predictions, a map of the route that stop is on, and a map showing where you are in terms of the stop you selected. Very cool.

Posted by: jersey2000 | December 20, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

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