In an effort to ensure social distancing on public transportation, WMATA unveiled a tool Wednesday that allows commuters to see, in real time, how full a bus is before it arrives.
“Metro is doing our part to help Metro customers feel safe when traveling, and we’re proud to release this new tool to help customers make more informed travel decisions,” said Metro’s general manager/CEO, Paul Wiedefeld.
“Social distancing is a top concern as we all navigate this public health crisis, and we hope customers find this information valuable when deciding when to ride.”
Metro said technology aboard every Metrobus senses when customers enter and exit. And while Metrorail doors are not equipped with such sensors, rail-crowding predictions are also available based on recent crowding data.
Metro said that when they access the data, customers will see a bus or train’s capacity in one of the following categories:
“Many seats available”
- When a bus is less than 25% occupied.
- When a rail car is less than 20% occupied.
“Few seats available”
- When a bus is 25-49% occupied.
- When a rail car is 20%-32% occupied.
- When a bus is at least 50% occupied.
- When a rail car is at least 33% occupied.
Metro said the crowding data is subject to suspension due to large-scale events, unplanned service disruptions or significant track work that could make the information unreliable.