The Washington Post
Navigation Bar
Navigation Bar

Related Items

oOnline Bookmarks
oW&OD Trail
o Free Classic Books
o Help With Moving
o Vanity License Plates
oThe Mining Co.
oThe MechanX Files
oBible Browser
oPersonal Trip Planner
oWeb Address Book
oOnline Supermarket

Fast Forward

Technology Post

  Route Directory

February 20, 1998

The greatest secret of the Metro system is waiting to be discovered online. I speak not of the reason for that "70s-vintage orange hue on Metro trains, but of something a little more prosaic – bus schedules. Yes, those timetables, rarely found on actual buses and only occasionally seen on signposts, can be downloaded from Metro's Web site The catch: They're only available in Adobe's Acrobat format, requiring a lengthy download of that company's free Acrobat Reader program (see; versions are available for Mac, Windows, DOS, OS/2 and numerous flavors of Unix). This is easier than schlepping over to Metro Center, Metro's other bus-schedule repository. On the other hand, how many bus riders have Internet access – and couldn't those who don't use this info too? Perhaps that's another one of Metro's secrets.

-- Rob Pegoraro

© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

Back to the top

Navigation Bar
Navigation Bar