Departure times adjusted with GPS data
One of the travel tools available to riders is the ability to text OC Transpo to get the next arrival time. For information on this and other travel tools refer to OCTranspo.com.
- Text to: 560560
- Enter your 4-digit stop number as your Message, then send.
If you’re not at the your bus stop, you can find your 4-digit 560 stop number by using these services:
- Bus Stop 560 numbers for
calling and texting
Listed alphabetically by street and nearest cross-street
- Route Schedules
Select route, choose direction and find your stop from the list
You will notice departure times marked with an asterisk *, this means that the trip has been adjusted with GPS data. Times that have no asterisk are scheduled time.
If there is no asterisk it could be for one of the following reasons:
- GPS has not been activated because the trip has not started,
- the trip is too far ahead in time,
- a communication problem exists between the bus and the GPS database, or
- there are issues with the GPS hardware on the bus.
GPS hardware problems are detected and fixed as soon as possible.
The system activates when the bus starts a trip. From that point on, the arrival time is predicted from the actual location of the bus plus the scheduled travel time from that point to the stop a customer is asking about. Predictions are possible after the bus has left the first stop. For that reason, if a customer is at one of the first few stops along a route, they will not see GPS-adjusted times until shortly before the bus arrives at their stop.
The system makes calculations based on the typical travel time between stops, but he said a traffic snarl could mean the predicted arrival time displayed on a rider’s smartphone changes multiple times as the system re-calculates.
NOTE: Depending on your mobile plan, your service provider may charge a fee to use 560560 short code services. OC Transpo does not charge customers for using our 560560 service.