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Google Maps can now tell you when your Metro bus is late

A screen grab of the Google Maps app interface shows late Metro bus arrival times in red and on-time ones in green.
A screen grab of the Google Maps app interface shows late Metro bus arrival times in red and on-time ones in green.

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Those planning trips on public transit in Los Angeles County using the Google Maps app can now get real-time arrival information if their bus or train is running late.

The app, available for iPhones and Android, displays arrival times in red if a bus or train is late and in green if the transit ride is on time. A black font denotes future arrivals that have not yet been updated.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has provided Google Maps with its timetable schedule since 2009, but the live updates only became available this month. The information is now also available on Apple Maps for iPhones and iPads. Metro said on its website the agreement with Apple is similar to those it struck with Google and Waze, the navigation app.

The agreements reflect the increasing reliance on mobile devices by Metro users for transportation information. The agency said 65 percent of its Metro.net visitors use the website using mobile devices and Apple devices account for 42 percent of its mobile traffic.

The agency's Go Metro Los Angeles mobile app, meanwhile, logs about a million session visits per month, with Apple devices accounting for 15 percent of the traffic.