RTD's Next Ride is Live!
Available here on rtd-denver.com, the application utilizes real-time data to make accurate and timely predictions about the position and predicted arrival times for RTD buses and trains.
How do we do it? We make real-time predictions for arrival times by analyzing traffic predictions coupled with live GPS-based vehicle position and speed that is reported by every vehicle in our system. Together, those things allow us to tell you when your ride is on the way.
Currently, vehicle locations and predictions are available on all buses and light rail trains. RTD is working on developing predictions and vehicle locations for commuter rail lines, including the A and B lines. Announcements will me be made when real time information is available for commuter rail service, so stay tuned for more information.
How Do You Use Next Ride?
If you’ve ever used a third-party app to figure out when your bus or train is coming, you might be familiar with how RTD’s Next Ride works. However, Next Ride takes real-time information to the next level.
You’re getting not only the most up-to-date information, you’re getting it straight from the source. Next Ride is also optimized for mobile devices – because you’re going to want to use this thing on-the-go!
Let’s take you through the application and show you how things work around here. Here’s the home page for the app. See that box up there? That’s where you can search for your route, stop, station, address, or landmark.
You can enter nearly anything you can think up that is related to your trip. Try your home or work address, your closest rail station or bus stop, or even landmarks like the mall, library, or the zoo.
Now, for the power users. See that ‘Advanced’ box – the blue one on the left? If you click on that you can select a route from a drop-down list.
And if you want to get really fancy, you can enter a vehicle number and track that vehicle as it moves along its route (more on that later).
For now, let’s assume you are standing at your stop and you’re wondering when your bus or train is going to come. Let's look at how stops and stations work.