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Coming soon: Real-time bus arrival signs in Washington, D.C.

The District of Columbia seeks to improve the experience of riding the bus by installing real-time arrival signs in bus shelters across the city.
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Written by Sarah Korones, Contributing Editor on

Commuters in Washington, D.C. will soon be able to pinpoint the exact arrival time of the buses they’re waiting on.

Beginning this June, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will install real-time arrival signs in bus shelters across the region.

WMATA issued a request for proposals from contractors eager to craft the “Customer Information Electronic Display Signs” earlier this month. The organization plans to ask a single contractor to install 30 signs before the end of June, 115 signs in the 2012 fiscal year and another 20 signs per year through 2017.

According to the District Department of Transportation, the signs will first be seen in the District’s major bus corridors—stops along 16th Street, Georgia Avenue, H Street-Benning Rd, Wisconsin Avenue and Pennsylvania will be among the first to display the real-time arrival data signs.

Eventually, WMATA hopes to have 800 real-time signs in bus shelters throughout the city.

[via TBD]

Image: LancerE/Flickr

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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