So I recently discovered that most bus stops have a code. If you text that code to a specific phone number, you'll get a response telling you the ETA of the next bus to that stop. I saved the phone number in a contact card and I saved all my frequent bus stop codes stored as a note in that card.

It's a little cumbersome to go into the card, copy the code, open a new text, paste the code, and hit send. If I remember the code, I can just use Siri and say something like "Tell the bus company 123456". It's a lot easier to just remember the cross-street names.

Is there a way to either have Siri make a substitution, say for example "Grant Street" with "123456", or else is there a way I could have a canned text all ready to go? One thought I had would be to create a home screen icon called "Grant Street" that when launched, sends "123456" to the bus company's phone number. Then I could just say "Launch Grant Street" or something and I'd get back the text saying when the next bus is.

Any ideas?


There are apps that do this, see Canned.

Really what you need (and I use) is a transit app of some kind. I like Transit.

I can't think of a way to get Siri to do this. One workaround is to make keyboard shortcuts so that you type "LGS" and iOS will autocorrect it to "123456".

  • I had tried the keyboard shortcut thing and when I use Siri, it doesn't replace the shortcut. :( There is a website for the NJ Transit stop time functionality, but it's about 10% reliable whereas the texting thing is about 95% reliable (i.e. text returns an accurate ETA 95% of the time, but their website only yields an accurate time about 10% of the time). I sent feedback requesting an app be made. They said they're working on one. I'll check out Canned & Transit. Thanks – hepcat72 Jan 5 '15 at 18:59

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