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iPhone app roundup for Vancouver transit

iPhone app roundup for Vancouver transit

I’m not sure everyone is aware of all the iPhone apps that can be used to navigate or find out more about Vancouver transit. So I thought I’d put a quick list together, in case they might be handy during the Games period. Here we go!

(Non-iPhone users: we do have many other non-iPhone-centric web and mobile resources where you can get real-time transit info!)

TransLink App

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Developed by: Handi Mobility for TransLink
Read Buzzer blog post on the TransLink app

  • See next buses at your stop
  • View stops on map
  • GPS aware: can find nearby stops based on location
  • Bookmark favourite stops
  • SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express schedules
  • Buzzer blog feed
  • Breaking service alerts shown at top

Cost: Free
Download the TransLink app

iBusVan

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Update Jan 6, 2011: This app is now discontinued — if you would like to take the project over though, please see this post!

Update Jan 26, 2011: The app is now open source—find out more about grabbing the code here!

Developed by: Zhenweng Yao
Read Buzzer blog post about iBusVan

  • Show upcoming buses at any given stop
  • Show whole-day schedule for a given bus at a given stop on a given day.
  • Search for stops and routes, with id (e.g., #33223) or name keyword.
  • Search for stops and buses near your current location.
  • Easy bookmark on favorite stops and bus routes
  • Show stops and routes on the map.
  • Bus stops/routes/schedules can be viewed offline (after caching the schedule).
  • Notify users for new schedule/stops/routes updates.

Cost: $0.99
Download iBusVan

Route 411

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Developed by: fusedlogic
Read Buzzer blog post about Route 411

  • GPS aware
  • Displays all stops in a radius on the map (allows you to scroll around the city)
  • Easily get arrival times for all routes through a given stop
  • User friendly interface
  • “Favorites” feature to give you quick access to frequently used bus stops or routes

Cost: $1.99
Download Route 411

Buzzer blog app

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Developed by: Mark Larocque
Read Buzzer blog post about the Buzzer blog app

Retrieves the feed off Translink’s Buzzer blog. It also features the many Twitter updates that TransLink sends out daily. Features include:

  • Retrieve and refresh real time updates
  • Full picture retrieval from Buzzer blog
  • Share article by email or by twitter
  • Direct link to open in Safari view

Cost: Free
Download the Buzzer blog app

theNextTrain

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Developed by: Jehiah Czebotar

Train schedules for many agencies in the U.S. and Canada. For Vancouver, this app features only the West Coast Express schedule.

  • Offline Train Schedules viewable up to 14 days in advance
  • View The Departure Schedules by Station or browse the Departure Schedules for a specific Trip between two stations.
  • Purchase includes free schedule updates, as necessary.
  • Easy access to the schedules for trips you frequent most.
  • Interactive agency maps make finding a stop easy.

Cost: $4.99
Download theNextTrain

By the way, if you have used any of these, please feel free to share your favourites!