How to Read a Transit Schedule

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Use the Graphic to Follow the Letters

Item A, column headers  Popular destinations form the backbone of the schedule.  Often these bus stops represent locations that are easily identified or heavily used.  Just as if you were reading a book, the schedule is read from left to right.  Bus stops located on the left side of the schedule are served before the bus stops on the right.

 A picture of a Route 4 schedule and map

Inserts like this one can be found at all CAT bus stops.
 Item B

Miniature icons correspond with identical icons on the map.  By matching the icons, you can follow the path the route takes.

The Downtown Transit Station Logo icon represents the Downtown Transit Station, the Transfer Location Logo icon represents a location where you can transfer to another route, and the Timepoint Icon icon represents a place where the bus may layover for a few minutes.

Item C
Times listed in the schedule are called time points.  Unless otherwise noted, each time point represents the departure time for the bus.  Buses are not able to leave a time point early.  If the route arrives early, the driver will layover for a few minutes until the appropriate departure time is reached.
Item D

Many of CAT's bus stops fall between time points. When this occurs, the passenger must use the surrounding information to estimate the route's arrival time.  As a rule of thumb, CAT recommends that the passenger use the preceding time point for arrival predictions.  For those that are looking for more precise information, CAT's mobile app can predict arrival times within a thirty minute window.

Item E
Time points with a bullet or "+" sign designate a special condition.  Be sure to read the corresponding notation(s) below each table.
Item F
The last time point represents when and where the bus will go out of service.  If a listed bus stop does not have a printed time point, the bus does not serve the stop.