Using satellite tracking on buses, Next Bus gives you real-time transit information by estimating when the next vehicle will depart, based on its last reported location.
A bus' reported location will update a minimum of every 120 seconds, or when a bus passes its stop or picks up passengers and departs from a stop.
If it can't make an accurate prediction, Next Bus will show the scheduled departure time instead, denoted by an *.
Using Map View
On the map, bus stops are noted by a "T" symbol, and stops can only be seen at specific zoom levels in order to reduce map clutter. You can access information for any bus stop by clicking on the stop itself ("T" symbol), even if that's not the stop you initially searched for. Click on any bus route number in a Next Bus bubble to have that bus' route display on the map.
When searching by route, the possible paths a bus can take to a destination will display as a blue line. Some routes have multiple possible paths to a destination, so don't be alarmed if you see a bus off the route! When you click on a bus, the path that particular bus is on will turn orange, any other bus driving that path (in the same direction) will become orange, and any stop serviced by that path will also turn orange. The other paths, as well as any buses or stops not using/servicing the path you've selected, will remain blue (orange paths are layered on top of the blue path, so you might not see the entire blue line anymore).
If you click on a bus icon, you'll see the destination sign indicating where that bus is going (e.g. 29th Ave Stn) and the orange line will indicate the path by which it gets to that destination.
Check out the example below using the #16 route. The possible paths are blue, and the particular path chosen is displayed in orange. Bus stops that this path serves are also orange. The blue bus sitting on the orange path is travelling in the opposite direction of the selected orange bus.
To favourite a stop or route, click on the Favourites icon in the menu bar at the top of either the map or text view. Note: if you clear your cache or cookies, your favourites will be deleted.
Re-Routes and Disruptions
Planned transit service disruptions, re-routes due to construction and special events aren't always available in Next Bus. For the most up-to-date service disruption details, visit our Alerts section.
Express Buses (B-Line)
Express buses will generally receive location updates less frequently than regular buses, so make sure to give yourself extra time to catch an express bus.
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