Real-Time Bus Tracking Options
Track By Phone
To hear when your next bus is arriving, call (937) 425-8300 and select the RideTime line, option #1.
You don’t need a paper schedule when you’re riding with RTA Ride Time. Jimmy learned how… and you can too! Find real time information for when your bus is coming through a mobile app, text message, desktop computer or phone call.
This video provides step-by-step instructions on how to use RideTime’s automated call-in phone feature. Let’s get started.
You can use the RideTime automated call-in feature from your mobile phone or landline by call 937-425-8300.
You’ll need to know the stop ID number to use this feature. To find it, look at the bottom of the RTA sign posted at your stop. If you’re not at your stop location, find the stop ID by visiting iriderta.org/ridetime and clicking on the “Bus Times” icon. Enter your route information into the dropdown menus. After you select your stop, the stop ID can be found in the top left corner. Or press # and a customer service representative will assist you.
Press “1” to get next bus and schedule information. The greeter will then ask you to press 1 again if you know your stop ID and want a list of the next bus times.
After entering your stop ID, the greeter will confirm your stop ID by reading it back to you and asking you to press “1” to confirm the number is correct or “2” to correct it. After pressing “1” the greeter will read off the different routes serving that stop. Press the number coordinating with your desired route. Then press “1” to hear the next arrival times. You can press star to have the greeter read off those times again. You can then press “4” if you’d like to hear arrival times for a different route or press “5” to save this stop ID. Saving the stop ID will allow you to quickly select from a list of “favorites” at the beginning of the call when you call RideTime using the same phone number.
If you need assistance or would like to speak to a customer service representative, you can press “0” at any time during the call and be transferred to the next available agent. Our customer service call center is open Monday through Friday 7a.m. to 7:30p.m., and on weekends and holidays from 8a.m. to 5p.m.
That’s all it takes to track your next bus. RTA RideTime. NOW it’s time to ride!
Track By Text
You don’t need a paper schedule when you’re riding with RTA RideTime. Jimmy learned how… and you can too! Find real time information for when your bus is coming through a mobile app, text message, desktop computer or phone call.
This video provides step-by-step instructions on how to use RTA RideTime’s text feature. Let’s get started.
You can find out when the bus is coming at your stop by texting the stop number to “4-1-4-1-1.”
The stop number is located here (show bottom of RTA stop sign). Text RTA-space-then the number (7136) and hit send.
You will receive a message back from the RTA with the current time… and the next bus arrival times for your stop.
You can find your bus by the route number and route name, followed by how many minutes before the arrival of your bus.
To refresh… simply reply “R” to the text, or reply “N” to get additional buses servicing your stop. Type “S” to receive any service bulletins.
Transit is RTA's official real-time information and trip-planning mobile application. Available for free download for both Apple and Android devices, Transit allows customers to see all of their transportation options, including bus times, bike rental locations, and rideshare options. Transit is the Dayton area's one-stop shop for finding a ride without having to drive a car.
You don't need a paper schedule when you're riding with RTA RideTime. Jimmy learned how and you can too! Find real time information for when your bus is coming through a mobile app, text message, desktop computer or phone call.
This video provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the real-time mobile app simply called, Transit. Let's get started.
Download Transit app onto your smartphone by visiting the App Store or Google Play. Now you are ready to receive accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation, service disruption notifications, and departure and stop reminders.
Open the Transit app on your phone to begin. The app will automatically locate all RTA routes closest to you. Tap your route to bring up your route options. Tap the locator icon to see where your bus is along the route, in real time.
Tap the GO icon to open up your personal transit companion. Using voice and push notifications, GO informs you when to leave for your stop, when to get off, or whether you'll reach your destination in time. GO will even monitor your walking speed so that you stay on pace with your bus arrival. Need to set yourself a reminder? Tap the bell icon set an alarm for when your bus arrives.
To mark a route as your favorite and ensure it's always at the top of your list, tap the star icon. Tap the clock icon to see upcoming arrival times for that stop.
If you want to plan your trip ahead of time, simply tap on the arrow icon on the top of the screen.
Transit also has a quick search option at the top of the screen. You can search for locations and destinations by name or addresses.
Transit app also shows you how to request a nearby Uber car or rent a bike from the closet Link Bike Share station for those first or last mile trips.
Now that you know what the Transit app can do for you, download it for yourself and enjoy the ride.
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