• Welcome to NextConnect

    RTA’s NextConnect service uses satellite and GPS-based technology to monitor bus locations in real-time. On this site, you can track the next time your RTA bus will be at your bus stop with just the click of a mouse and even see where your bus is located in real time on a map. NextConnect helps you better plan your bus trip by giving you a list of expected departure times. You can also sign up for e-mail notifications to alert you when your bus is on its way.
  • Stop Times

    The Live Departure Times option allows you to retrieve real-time information about departure times. RTA provides departure times (instead of arrival times) because a departure time is applicable to someone waiting at the beginning of a bus route and, for all intermediate bus stops, the arrival and departure time is essentially the same. To see the predicted time, use the drop-down menus to select a route, direction, and stop and you will be given the next three departure times for that stop - based on live data.

    The Live Departure Times (Accessible Version) option allows you to access real-time bus departure data in a screen reader-friendly format, which can be helpful for people with visual impairments, or those with slow Internet connection speeds. Simply choose from the options provided to advance to the next option. You can use the back button at any time to return to the previous option. The next three departure times will be returned in plain text. Once you've made your choices, the resulting page can also be bookmarked for later use, and will always return the most up-to-date information.

    When viewing a departure time more than 30 minutes away, NextConnect will display the route’s scheduled time.

    Disclaimer: All departure times are based on available data.
  • Maps

    The Google Maps option allows you to follow the real-time location of RTA buses currently on the road. When you choose this option, you will be asked to select a route from a drop-down menu. If you have a compatible browser installed, a map will load, displaying the route you chose overlaid on an interactive map of the area. All buses on that route will be shown at their current locations as bus icons that will move in real-time. If you click or hover the mouse pointer over an individual bus icon or stop, you will be given more detailed information about that item.

    You can toggle the options to show Vehicles, Major Stops (timepoints), and Minor Stops on and off. By default, Vehicles and Major Stops are turned on. Clicking on an individual stop provides the name (usually a cross-street) of the stop and the next three bus departure times at that location.

    Disclaimer: All bus locations are based on available data.
  • Notifications

    NextConnect also features an e-mail notification service that informs riders, in real time, about the status of the bus(es) they usually take.

    You can sign up for NextConnect’s e-mail notification feature and you will receive an e-mail in advance of your normal boarding time that provides the status of your bus in real-time. Riders can sign up to receive these automatic e-mail notifications on a daily basis or whenever they usually take the bus. For instance, daily commuters can request e-mail notifications for their morning bus from home and for their return bus from work. Riders can sign up for an e-mail notification account by selecting ‘New Subscriber’ from the Notifications menu. Since your e-mail address is used as your userid, we strongly recommend that users choose a unique, non-guessable password (DON'T simply use your e-mail password) for registering with NextConnect.

    Subscribers can indicate when they’d like to receive the bus status information. They will receive the anticipated departure time of their bus at the selected bus stop, calculated in real time. This feature may be helpful for riders who want to know the status of their bus before they go out to the bus stop. During inclement weather, when buses can be delayed, riders can reduce the time they spend waiting at the bus stop.

    Disclaimer: All departure times are based on available data. Buses scheduled 60 minutes or more after the e-mail is sent will not appear in the e-mail notification.