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  • Now get real-time bus arrival times on your phone!

    When will the next bus arrive? Stop guessing and start knowing! The new version of our award-winning messaging service, Text4Next 2.0, provides real-time updates that makes accurate on-the-go planning easier than ever. All you need is a mobile phone with texting capabilities to get the next three arrival times via text for your specific stop. Stay informed in real time!

    It’s always a good idea to arrive at your bus stop 10 minutes prior to the time the bus is scheduled to depart.

    How It Works

    TEXT: 628246

    TYPE: bus, your stop number and your route number. Example: bus 3563 71

    GET: the next 3 bus arrival times for that stop, based on the time the text message was sent.

    *959a route 071
    *1034a route 071
    1109a route 071
    *asterisk indicates real-time info

    Times for future trips

    You can also check arrival times for future trips - let's say your ride home in the afternoon. All you have to do is add the time and/or date to your information.

    Same Day Example  Future Day Example
    TEXT: 628246
    TYPE: bus 3563 71 400p 
    (this indicates bus stop 3563, route 71 at or after 4:00pm)  
    426p route 071
    501p route 071
    536p route 071 
    TEXT: 628246
    bus 3563 71 1100a 112212
    (this indicates bus stop 3563, route 71, at or after 11:00am on Nov. 22, 2012)
    1109a route 071
    1144a route 071
    1219p route 071

    Rules for success

    Follow these simple rules to ensure you get your desired result. If you do not receive a return message in 2 minutes or receive an error message, check your input data.

    1. You must enter the key word first: bus
    2. You must enter the information in the proper order: stop number, route, time, date
    3. You must enter one space in between each piece of information.
    4. For time, you can enter any time format, but must include "a" for "am" or "p" for "pm" when entering non-military time.
    5. For date, you must enter in the following format: MMDDYY

    Note:Standard message and data rates apply. Please check with your carrier on text messaging details of your plan. 

    Finding stops along your route

    With Text4Next, you can find out when the bus on your route is scheduled to arrive at your stop. Don't know your stop number? No problem. Click here to find the bus stop you need on the route you travel.

    How do I discontinue receiving OCTA SMS messages?

    Once you have subscribed to OCTA Alerts, to discontinue receiving Text4Next messages from OCTA, you will simply text “STOP” to 628246 and you will be removed from the list.

    Need help?

    For additional help, please call our customer information center at (714)-636-RIDE (7433) or (800) 636- RIDE (7433).

    Note: Standard message and data rates apply. Please check with your carrier on text messaging details of your plan.

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