BusFinder is the name of Community Transit's real-time bus departure information system.
BusFinder offers three tools to help you find your Community Transit bus:
BusFinder by Phone
Call in to get real-time departures over the phone.
BusFinder by Desktop
Get real-time departures on your desktop or laptop computer.
BusFinder by Mobile Device
Get real-time departures on your smartphone or tablet.
Community Transit is in the late stages of testing and will soon launch BusFinder. Updates and announcements will be posted on our website, blog, Facebook page and Twitter.
What you should know about BusFinder
- BusFinder displays GPS-based estimates of real-time bus departures at selected stops within the next 60 minutes. For trips you want to take at a later time or date, use the Trip Planner.
- Departure times are shown rather than arrivals because the bus may arrive early at certain stops (timepoints), but it will not leave before its scheduled time. At other stops that have an “E” in the schedules (for estimated time), the bus may depart earlier than shown on the schedule. What you really want to know is when the bus is leaving that stop.
- BusFinder updates every minute. If the estimated time is not changing, the bus may be stuck in traffic. In some cases, you may need to refresh your browser.
- Estimated times become more accurate as the scheduled time approaches. You should check BusFinder more than once. Remember, it is always good advice to arrive about 5 minutes before a bus is expected. BusFinder will help reduce your waiting time.
How to use BusFinder
Search by stop number
- The easiest way to use BusFinder is by knowing your stop number.
- The stop number is a 1-4 digit number located on the bus stop pole and schedule poster at all Community Transit bus stops, e.g. #1234.
- The Stop # can also be found printed in the upper right corner of the Stop's poster.
- For other transit agency bus stops (Metro, Everett Transit), you will have to find the stop using BusFinder’s other search features.
- Enter your stop number and select to get departure information.
Search by stop name
- Search by stop name allows you to choose a stop based on street location. Enter the street the bus travels on, e.g., Ash Way, and the bus stops along that street will be listed.
- Enter a primary street and nearest cross street, e.g., State & 88th, to narrow down your results.
- Select a stop to get departure information.
BusFinder by Mobile Device also lets you use your smartphone or tablet’s GPS feature to find stops near your location. Using the Map or Nearby Stops features you can find bus stops close to you without knowing the stop number or street name.