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Real-Time Map & Schedule

This function displays real-time transit service graphically on a map view of streets, transit routes, stops, and vehicles. The page offers clickable features so a user may select a stop to get current vehicle arrival time projections at that location or select a vehicle icon to get current service (route & direction) information and schedule status of that vehicle. Figure 6‑2 illustrates the layout of the Real-Time Map & Schedule page.

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Figure 6‑2. Real-Time Map & Schedule Page Layout.

Below Table summarizes and describes the major elements of the Real-Time Map & Schedule page.

Screen Object Description
Select Language control For multi-lingual implementations, allows user to select a text language.
Recent Stops list Lists up to five recently selected stops, showing stops’ numeric IDs and service routes. User may click on any of the list stops to select that stop and display current vehicle arrival time projections there.
Bus Arrival Status list List of current vehicle arrival time status information for the selected stop:
  • Header identifies the currently selected bus stop by its numeric ID and address
  • List body provides arrival status data for upcoming vehicle trips servicing that stop. “Destination” column identifies vehicles’ route and destination. “ETA” column displays projected arrival status in clock time, countdown, or “Due” mode.
  • Footer indicates the “last refresh time” for the status data listed above.
Navigation controls Standard Google Maps controls to pan in any direction in the map view or set the zoom level.
Map legend Identifies transit icons used in the map view, including:
  • Bus Stop (small red dot)
  • Selected Bus Stop (larger green dot)
  • Current Bus Location (bus icon)
Current temperature Displays the current temperature in the transit property’s locale.
Current date, time Displays the current date & time in the transit property’s locale.
Find Stop functions Tabs to access Stop Selection Functions (for procedures, see below):
  • Find by Stop: Select a stop by its numeric ID.
  • Find by Route: Select a stop by service route & direction
  • Find by Address: Select a stop by street address.
Transit Messages display Scrolling message display used to alert site visitors to current conditions, such as detours and service delays, and other important announcements.
Route legend Identifies by color the transit routes displayed on the map view. User may hide/unhide routes selectively by clicking on their corresponding checkboxes.
Select View controls Control to toggle between different map views:
  • Map: View streets with street names, plus other important geographic features like bodies of water, parks, and point landmarks.
  • Satellite: View aerial imagery.
  • Hybrid: View aerial imagery overlaid with streets and street names.
  • Terrain: View elevation of natural geographic features overlaid with streets and street names.

The following sections describe navigation and functional features of this page.

Map Navigation

The user navigates the Real-Time Map & Schedule page’s map by using common Google Maps features, including the following:

a) “Map” view: map view image
a) “Satellite” view: satelite view image
a) “Hybrid” view: hybrid view image

Figure 6‑3. Map View Options.

Route Legend

The route legend is shown directly above the map view. This legend identifies all transit routes selected for display on the map. Routes are identified by number & name and are associated with a color that matches the route trace shown on the map. Click the checkbox next to a route to hide/unhide that route’s trace from the map.

Transit Markers

The SmartTraveler Plus map display includes the following types of markers to show information on transit assets:

Stop Selection Functions

To access transit arrival status information for a stop, that stop must first be selected on the Real-Time Map & Schedule page. This section describes the available procedures for selecting a stop.

To select a stop via the map view
  1. On the Real-Time Map & Schedule page’s map view, navigate to, then click, the stop marker of interest. The stop’s info window pops up.
  2. Click on the “Select this stop” hyperlink in the info window to select this stop. The stop’s marker changes to a larger green dot to indicate that it is the currently selected stop. The Bus Arrival Status list, Recent Stops list, and route legend update to reflect the currently selected stop.
To select a stop by numeric identifier
  1. On the Real-Time Map & Schedule page, click the “Find by Stop” tab above the map view. The “Enter a stop #” data entry field appears (see Figure 6‑4).

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  2. In the “Enter a stop #” data entry field, enter the numeric identifier for the stop of interest, then click the Get Route button.
  3. If the entered number does not identify a recognized stop, the message “No stop found for given stop code.” appears. Review and correct the entered value or, if the identifier is not known, try one of the other stop selection procedures described in this section.
  4. If the entered number does identify a recognized stop, the “Select routes” selection list appears.
  5. In the “Select routes” selection list, click on a single route of interest or click on the “Show All Routes” entry to retrieve status information for all routes serving this stop. Click the Search button. The map view updates to center on the selected stop with the green dot marker. The Bus Arrival Status list, Recent Stops list, and route legend update to reflect the currently selected stop.

To select a stop by transit route

  1. On the Real-Time Map & Schedule page, click the “Find by Route” tab above the map view. The “Routes” pull-down selection list appears, listing all service routes, each in combination with one or two service directions, in the transit system (see Figure 6‑5).

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  2. In the “Routes” selection list, click a route & direction of interest. The “Stops” pull-down selection list appears to the right of the “Routes” list, listing all stops that are served by the selected transit route & direction.
  3. In the “Stops” selection list, click a stop of interest. The map view updates to center on the selected stop with the green dot marker. The Bus Arrival Status list, Recent Stops list, and route legend update to reflect the currently selected stop.

To select a stop by street address

  1. On the Real-Time Map & Schedule page, click the “Find by Address” tab above the map view. The “Enter an address” data entry field appears (see Figure 6‑6).

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  2. In the “Enter an address” data entry field, enter the street address of interest. Directly after the street address, the municipality name, state/province name or abbreviation, and/or postal code may be entered to qualify the address further. When finished entering the street address, click the Find button.
  3. If the entered address matches multiple locations, the message “Many addresses found, please select from list or search again.” appears. A list of the matching addresses also appears to the right of the “Enter an address” field. Click one of the addresses shown in this list. The “Select routes” selection list appears.
  4. In the “Select routes” selection list, click on a single route of interest or click on the “Show All Routes” entry to retrieve status information for all routes serving this stop. Click the Search button. The map view updates to center on the selected stop with the green dot marker. The Bus Arrival Status list, Recent Stops list, and route legend update to reflect the currently selected stop.

To return to a recently selected stop

SmartTraveler Plus remembers the five stops most recently selected by the user on this computer. (Note that this requires cookies to be enabled on the user’s computer.) These stops are identified in the Real-Time Map & Schedule page’s “Recent Stops” list (see Figure 6‑7). Stops are listed by their numeric identifier and the route(s) for which transit arrival status information was requested.

  1. In the “Recent Stops” list shown at the top left corner of the Real-Time Map & Schedule page, click one of the listed stops. The map view updates to center on the selected stop with the green dot marker. The Bus Arrival Status list, Recent Stops list, and route legend update to reflect the currently selected stop.

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