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What are some tips for using the Capital Metro trip planner?

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Tips for using the Capital Metro trip planner include creating an itinerary by entering a starting and ending location and customizing this itinerary by completing the time and date sections. Travelers may refine their itinerary by setting advanced options.

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Travelers can manually enter their start location, or they can click on the icon after the search box for the application to find their current location. They can then enter their destination or ending location.

The time section has depart now, depart after and arrive by options. The depart now option automatically populates the current time and date. For the depart after option, the user enters the time and date the trip starts. For the arrive by option, the trip ends before the time and date the user enters.

Travelers can manually enter the time and date in 12- or 24-hour formats, or they can choose a date from the pop-up calendar. For additional options, travelers can choose to minimize walking distance, travel time or number of transfers. They can also specify the furthest distance they are willing to walk and whether they wish to travel by MetroRail or MetroBus.

Travelers can choose to show the map, service area, transit hubs and bike paths. They can also ask the application to show a reverse direction so that they get directions for the reverse trip. After filling in all the necessary information, the traveler should click on the Go button to submit her information. The system then returns itinerary options for her trip.

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