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Real-time next train arrival information now available by phone, Plus – Greatest WMATA Video Ever?

by Prince Of Petworth August 31, 2010 at 12:30 pm 26 Comments

Perhaps someone put something in my coffee but the video above has blown my mind.

Another reader would like to know what app you guys recommend for your iphone:

“Dear PoP,

I’m the proud new owner of an iPhone. One of the functions which pushed me from “that’s neat” to “I so need that” was access to real-time bus and metro information. Now I’m a little flummoxed about which of the many DC transit apps are the best, and am curious about which are your readers’ favorites. Important functionalities to me are real time arrival info, and being able to look at stops/routes on a Google map (especially for bus, since as far as I’ve ever been able to tell that type of information is provided nowhere else by WMATA).”

From a WMATA Press release:

Metrorail customers can now get real-time next train arrival information by phone, in addition to online and via web-enabled mobile devices.

Customers may simply call Metro’s Customer Information phone number, 202-637-7000, and say “Next Train.” They then will be prompted to say a station name or enter the first four letters of the station name to hear when the next trains will arrive at the selected station within a 20-minute window.

For stations that serve more than two Metrorail lines, such as Gallery Pl-Chinatown, L’Enfant Plaza and Metro Center Metrorail stations, customers will be prompted to say or enter the Metrorail line color they are traveling on such as “Red Line” or “Green Line.”

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