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Real-Time FAQs

Real-Time Arrivals FAQs

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The website widget gives you real-time Golden Gate Transit bus arrival times for all routes passing by your bus stop or location (by default, the widget presents the next arrival times for the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza). To change the location, simply type the name of an attraction (e.g. Fisherman’s Wharf), a major intersection (e.g. First and Mission), a bus stop ID, or street address (e.g. 455 California Street) into the search field. Use the scroll bar to see all routes that serve that location. If arrival data is available, it will display on the far right opposite the route number.

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Yes. Simply type the name of an attraction (e.g. Fisherman’s Wharf), a major intersection (e.g. First and Mission), a bus stop ID, or street address (e.g. 455 California Street) into the search field. The easiest way to display the routes nearest your current location is by clicking the bullseye on the right side of the search bar (available when geo-location services are activated on your device).

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The number on the left side of the widget display represents the Golden Gate Transit route number (e.g. 30 or 101). Text beneath the route number identifies the direction, followed by the nearest stop where you can board a bus. The number on the right side opposite the route number identifies the arrival time (in minutes) of the next trip on that route. Any smaller number beneath that identifies subsequent arrival times within a 90-minute window.

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Yes. Click on the desired bus route to cycle through all available directions.

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If the arrival time is real-time data, a pulsing wave symbol will appear in the upper right corner of the arrival time. If there is no pulsing wave, the data provided is based on scheduled times.

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In order for the location button to work, you must have geo-location services activated on your device.

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Yes! Just like the website widget, real-time bus arrival information is available with the Transit app. In addition to real-time data, the app includes a trip planner to get you from here to there, a trip companion for step-by-step directions and notifications, service alerts, and the ability to add favorite routes. Download it today from the Apple or Google store. 

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A bus departure time may drop off the display if the vehicle arrives early and is waiting at a stop. Instead of showing that the bus is waiting, the app shows the time for the next bus on the route. We are modifying the software to resolve this issue and will soon have a solution.

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Arrival times are predictions, with a margin of error of +3/-3 minutes, and factors such as heavy traffic can affect the accuracy of these predictions. We are working to improve the accuracy of this data and appreciate all feedback from customers. Submit your comments using our online comment form, or contact us at contact@goldengate.org or 415-455-2000. 

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