If you’re interested in planning a bus trip for next week, after Saturday’s service change, your options are limited. Many people know that Trip Planner, for all its faults, allow you to plan a trip for a date in the future post-service change. Of course, for many use cases there is no substitute for the actual schedule. Although the schedules exist, and are already on the street as printed schedules*, there aren’t clear links on the Metro website to find these schedules pre-service change.
Yesterday Metro shared with me the trick to finding the new schedules online. It’s through the trip planner interface, but it will give you those schedule grids (as well as route maps to scale!).
1. On Metro’s front page, click on the big “Plan a Trip” button.
2. Select “Route Schedules”
3. Choose your route, a date after the service change, and click “Get Schedule”
4. There’s your schedule grid, and the option to display a Google Map of the route.
This is by no means Metro’s finest hour for usability, but now you’re in the know. Although this trick will only be useful for you for less than 24 hours, and then again every few months, the map’s usefulness may be more long-lived.
There are several official route maps that try to do too much and end up not effectively conveying exactly where the route goes. Although onebusaway’s maps are useful for this purpose, this is another tool in the toolbx.