Winnipeg Transit introduced BUStxt, a short message service (SMS) that lets transit users get real-time transit information on their mobile devices.
Transit customers can use texting features on their standard cell phones or Web-enabled "smart" phones to find Winnipeg Transit stops nearest them, bus departure times at stops, or find out when the bus they are on will reach a location further along the route.
As SMS messages are limited to 136 characters, all messages are presented in a condensed form. BUStxt allows customers to access information using a variety of search commands and simple keywords. Within a short time of receiving a text message inquiry from a customer, BUStxt automatically returns service information based on the customer's search parameters.