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Ride On begins offering real-time bus tracking

Montgomery County wants to take some of the guesswork out of taking the bus. The county’s Ride On bus service launched “Ride On Real Time” on Wednesday, which tracks buses and makes it easier to plan trips.

The system lets travelers check real-time bus locations and arrival times. There are three main ways to access this information:

● Go to www.rideonrealtime.com.

● Check out the Ride On Real Time app, available for iPhones and Android devices.

● Text the bus stop identification number to bus@rideonrealtime.com. You should receive a text message in response letting you know when the next bus is coming. (If you don’t have unlimited texting on your cell plan, make note of that before sending and receiving these messages.)

You can also sign up to receive notifications about bus arrivals by clicking “Notify Me” on the site.

There are still some bus stops that cannot be checked using the system, but the county reports that those will be added soon. If you are using one of those stops, try checking the bus stop number for one of the stops before your stop to check on your bus.

Here are some videos demonstrating how to use the service.

Mark Berman covers national news for The Washington Post and anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and stories from around the country.

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