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Virginia transit schedules available on passengers' personal devices


Virginia Railway Express commuters now can have transit schedules available in the palm of their hand. Launched as a pilot program last year by Arlington County,® Mobile Services enables rail and bus commuters to download transit schedules from all northern Virginia transit agencies to their cell phone, palm pilot or handheld computer.

Through a Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation grant, commuters now can access the free service at Passengers also can sign up to have commuter news sent directly to their mobile device.

In a survey conducted last year by Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, 80 percent of respondents believed the use of technology in transit was important, and 35 percent said there should be a greater emphasis on the use of technology to make transit more accessible.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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