If your phone has Internet access you can access NextBus info simply by going to www.nextbus.com. The system will automatically determine that you are using a phone and will direct to you to an appropriate site specifically designed for cell phones. We highly recomme4d that you bookmark the page once you access the information for the stop that you are interested in. That way you will be able to much more easily access the information in the future.
If you are using a new type of SmartPhone that our system doesn't recognize you might be redirected to our slower full feature site instead of the cell phone site. If this happens try going to www.nextbus.com/mini.html instead.
The 5-digit text message address is 41411. The syntax of the message is "nbus agency stop". The keyword "nbus" specifies that you want information from NextBus. For some agencies there is shortcut. For example, instead of specifying "nbus agency" for San Francisco Muni you can specify "nextmuni". The agency name is a short abreviation for the agency. For San Francisco Muni for example it is "nbus sf-muni". For some agencies there are alternative names. For example, you can substitute "sf" for "sf-muni".
When you send your first message to the NextBus system you will receive a reply indicating that you have subscribed to the system. This only means that you have subscribed to the possibility of the using the alert feature described below. The NextBus system will never send you other messages besides the arrival prediction information you have specifically requested.
There are four ways to specify your stop:
An incredibly useful feature of the NextBus SMS system is that it can automatically send you an alert when your bus is a specified number of minutes away. This way you don't have to continually monitor the NextBus system to determine when it is time to catch your bus. To use this feature first select a stop using one of the three methods described above. Once you have selected a stop and predictions are displayed you can simply reply to the prediction message with the number of minutes of notice you want before your bus is going to arrive. You can specify an alert time of betwee 0 and 30 minutes. So for example you can first select a stop by sending to 41411 the message "emerybus 5300". Then reply with "5" to be alerted when your bus is 5 minutes away.
You can specify single letter commands.
SMS is limited to just a few characters per message. Therefore the system uses abreviated names to tell you the names of routes, directions, and stops.
You can determine
the proper agency name using the following table. For some agencies there
are multiple names that will work. For example, for San Francisco Muni
you can use "sf-muni" or "sf".
|Yuma County Area Transit||yuma|
|Hornibrook Bus Lines||tl-hbl|
|Placer County Transit||pct|
|San Francisco Bay Ferry||bawt|
|San Francisco Muni||sf-muni , sf , muni , frisco|
|San Leandro LINKS||links|
|Sonoma County Transit||sct|
|Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit||tahoe|
|Unitrans ASUCD/City of Davis||unitrans|
|University of California Berkeley||ucb|
|Vacaville City Coach||vacaville|
|City of West Hollywood||west-hollywood|
|Gold Coast Transit||south-coast , sc|
|Los Angeles Metro||lametro , metro , nextrip|
|Los Angeles Rail||lametro-rail|
|Palos Verdes Transit||pvpta|
|Denver International Airport (DEN)||dia|
|District of Columbia|
|DC Circulator||dc-circulator , dcc|
|I-Ride Trolley Orlando||i-ride|
|Jacksonville Transportation Authority||jtafla|
|Nova Southeastern University||nova-se|
|Pensacola Beach (SRIA)||sria|
|Indianapolis International Airport||indianapolis-air|
|Western Kentucky University||wku|
|Maine Medical Center||maine-med|
|Prince Georges County||pgc|
|University of Maryland||umd|
|Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority||ccrta|
|EZRide - Charles River TMA||charles-river|
|MIT Lincoln Lab Shuttle||lincolnlab|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||mit|
|City of Oxford||oxford-ms|
|RTC RIDE, Reno||reno|
|Plymouth State University||psu|
|University of New Hampshire - Wildcat Transit||unh|
|Montclair State University||montclair|
|Newark Liberty International Airport||ewr|
|City College NYC||ccny|
|JFK International Airport||jfk|
|LaGuardia Airport Shuttle||lga|
|Chapel Hill Transit||chapel-hill|
|East Carolina University||ecu|
|Greenville Area Transit||great|
|Vidant Medical Center||vmc|
|Western Carolina University CAT-TRAN||wcu|
|Portland Streetcar||portland-sc , portland|
|Slippery Rock University||slippery-rock , slip|
|Seattle Streetcar||seattle-sc , seattle|
|Spokane International Airport||geg|