How to use LANTA’s On-line Real Time Bus Tracker

For information on how to plan your trip, click here.

Bus Tracker Interface

From any page on LANta’s website, click go to the Bus Tracker and bookmark the link. After opening the Real Time Bus Tracker, the page will proceed to a screen which is divided into two sections.  The section on the Left lists LANTA’s bus routes with the option to display stops, and the section on the right shows a map of the Lehigh Valley (see Figure A). You can change the zoom of the map using either the navigation aid in the upper left corner of the map or using the scroll wheel of your computer mouse.

 

Figure A

 

Route Information

To find out information about your bus route, click on your route on the left side of the screen.  After a route has been selected, the map will automatically center on the route itself and highlight where the it travels (see Figure B). To view a different route, simply click on the “Routes” tab in the menu on the left side of the screen to return to the list of LANTA bus routes.

 

Figure B 

On the map, you will see colored bus icons which show the current location of the buses operating on your selected route. If you click on the one of the colored bus icons, a window will appearwhich shows the status of the bus (late, on-time, etc.), the last stop passed by the bus, the direction the bus is currently operating.  The bottom of the window shows the time the bus’s information was last updated (typically every 60 to 90 seconds).(see Figure C).

 

 Figure C 

 

Bus Stops

You can find information about your bus stop in two ways.  Either through using the map or the list of stops on the left of the screen.

If you are using the map, you will see gray circles along the route on the map. Each of these gray circles represents a LANTA bus stop.  If you click on one of these circles, a window will appear which shows the bus stop name and bus stop number (see Figure E and F). The window also shows the next few scheduled departure times (SDT) for that stop for the selected route. To found out departure information for other routes which serve that specific bus stop, click on “Scheduled Departures – Other Routes” in the lower left hand corner of the window (see the red rectangle in Figure E and the expanded window in Figure F).

 

Figure E

 

Figure F

 

You can also select a stop from the list of stops for your route which are listed on the left side of the screen, or by clicking another stop on the route.

Reading Stop Information

Stops are shown in alphabetical order and not in the order in which they are located along the route.  Clicking on a stop in the section will make the map automatically center on the stop, and will show the window with upcoming departures from that stop. In the list you will see the “e”, “w”, “n” or “s” at the end of most stop names – again, these letters provide an indication of the side of the street on which the stop is located.

Please note that only the times for the posted time points for the route are the schedule times not an estimated time (see the schedule for your route to find out the posted time points).

General Information

Scheduled times for bus stops in between are calculated based on the average scheduled running speed of the bus between the two closest time points. Therefore, the bus may arrive in a window of a few minutes before or after the scheduled time shown. Also included are the estimated departure times (EDT) for each of the next trips to serve that bus stop. This estimated time is based on the most recent status update of the bus operating that trip. That is, if the most recent update showed that the bus is running 3 minutes late, the EDT will be 3 minutes later than the SDT.

Bus stops for both directions of travel are shown on the map (for example, bus stops for both the eastbound and westbound trips).  Most stop names will have a small “e”, “w”, “n” or “s” at the end.  These indicate that the stop is located along the eastbound, westbound, northbound or southbound travel lane of the road, respectively.  You don’t need a compass to figure out which stop to use, the letters are just there to help you differentiate the bus stop locations.  If you click on a particular bus stop with an “e” on the end but the destination for the trips listed are all in the opposite direction that you want to travel, then you will know that you need to find the same stop name with the “w” on the end.