Orange County Transportation Authority

Text4Next FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a station identifier?
A: Each Metrolink station is given a three-digit station identifier, or abbreviation. This identifier allows the text messaging service to identify the stations for which you are requesting schedule information.
Q: Where do I find the station identifier?
A: The station identifier is not located at the station. Click here for a list of station identifiers.
Q: How far in advance can I get scheduled times for Metrolink trains?
A: You can get scheduled travel times for any station along the 91 Line, OC line and IEOC Line up to two weeks ahead.
Q: What if there is more than one train that stops at my station? How can I find out what train to take?
A: The text message you receive will include the train number for the train that is scheduled to travel to your indicated destination station. Please look at the electronic sign on the outside of the train for the train number and the final destination station of the train.
Q: Are the arrival times real time?
A: No, currently Metrolink does not have real time schedules for their train service. Scheduled arrival times are based on published schedules on when the train will arrive at a given station.

How do I opt-in to for OCTA’s Text4Next service?
Currently, you can only receive bus information from OCTA’s Text4Next program when you initiate the text message. In the near future, OCTA will be offering customers the option to opt in to OCTA Alerts to receive specific bus route rider alerts simply by texting OCTA to short code 628246 (OCTAGO).

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 text HELP to 628246, email or 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.