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Track Your Bus Or Train In Real Time With Valley Metro's New App

If you’re standing at a Valley Metro stop wondering when your bus or light rail train is going to arrive, there’s a new app to help you plan your trip. 

Valley Metro’s free  smartphone app gives riders service alerts and updates. It includes route maps and navigation, and it tracks the transit system’s buses and trains in real time. 

“Our riders really do want more information about when their next bus and train are coming," said Susan Tierney with Valley Metro. 

Valley Metro reports more than 90% of its riders use smartphones. The new app is available on iOS and Android platforms.

Tierney said the app was in development for years before going live this month. She said Valley Metro plans to continue adding features to it. By next year, she said, riders will even be able to pay their fare on their smartphone.

Katherine Davis-Young is a senior field correspondent. She has produced work for NPR, New England Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, PRI's The World, Washington Post, Reuters and more.She has a master’s degree in radio journalism from the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.She lives in central Phoenix with her husband, two daughters, and ill-behaved cat and dog. Her side-passions include photography, crosswords and hot sauce.