No Bus, No Fuss

New app allows real-time tracking of buses, trains

No Bus, No Fuss

If you're a bus rider, you know how annoying it can be sitting at a stop and wondering how long until the next bus arrives. But if you have a smartphone, Capital Metro will ease your pain a bit through the use of quick-response codes at bus stops and rail stations. The codes are those square blocks you've probably seen that look like a digitized Rorschach test (such as the example shown here); when scanned via a QR reader app on your phone camera, they pull up information on your screen. The Cap Metro QR codes provide info on scheduled arrivals and detours (along with some promotions of local businesses), and will eventually track buses and trains in real time for even greater arrival/departure accuracy. (Cap Metro has already installed the latter technology on its MetroAccess fleet and is working up a plan to install it on all buses.)

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Capital Metro
City and Cap Metro Contemplate How to Make a
City and Cap Metro Contemplate How to Make a "Real City” Transit System
Following the slow march toward a vote on a multibillion-dollar investment in public transit

Austin Sanders, Jan. 17, 2020

Mapping the Future of MetroRail's Green Line
Mapping the Future of MetroRail's Green Line
Jan. 10 is the last day to provide feedback on new rail line

Mike Clark-Madison, Jan. 10, 2020

More by Lee Nichols
Game Changer
Game Changer
A new football culture for Austin bars

Oct. 23, 2015

Beer Flights
Beer Flights
Celis: welcome home

Aug. 17, 2012

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Capital Metro, quick response codes

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle