Real-time train arrival information is now available for light rail

Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) press release:

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) announces the launch of real-time location and predicted arrival information for its light rail trains. All MDOT MTA fixed-route services now offer up-to-the-minute information to passengers, in line with the agency’s commitment to passengers in its strategic plan, build back better, released last fall. Deploying real-time light rail information simplifies multi-modal travel by improving our riders’ ability to plan connections to local buses, subway or MARC train.

“We are excited to extend real-time technology to our light rail fleet and provide riders with a better transit experience,” said Holly Arnold, Administrator of MDOT MTA. “Planning your light rail journey is easier than ever with up-to-date information available whenever you need it.”

Real-time information is available through the Transit app, a free downloadable smartphone app currently used in over 200 metropolitan areas around the world. Light rail riders can use the Transit app to view train locations, expected arrival times, and turn-by-turn navigation. Additionally, passengers using the app receive alerts about service disruptions.

Real-time location and predicted arrival times for MDOT MTA vehicles have grown steadily since their introduction in June 2018 for Local Bus. The technology was expanded to commuter buses in June 2019, MARC train in August 2020, and metro in December 2021. MDOT MTA continues to explore adding real-time network information through displays at stops and stations as part of the agency’s commitment to providing timely, useful, clear and consistent information for passengers across the system.

“Real-time location and arrival information helps make MDOT MTA service even more convenient, accessible and reliable for customers,” said MDOT Secretary James F. Ports, Jr. “We are harnessing the power technology to make our transit system more integrated and informative – and more attractive as an everyday option for residents and visitors.

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