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Fun Poll! Which transit apps do you use?

transit app [1]

Right to left: Live Transit, Bus Tracker and City Mapper screen shots

Ever since the release of our transit data in 2012, new transit applications (apps) based on TransLink’s open API [2] have been popping up on a regular basis.

TransLink’s mobile website, m.translink.ca [3], can get you similar info as many of the new apps, but I thought I’d check in with the Buzzer blog readers to see what everyone is using these days.

Before diving into the poll, why not go over a few transit apps and maybe a mobile site, to see what they’re all about?

While it would be awesome to do an overview of every app listed on our mobile phone applications [4] site, I thought it might be more useful to highlight just a handful and add in a few new ones for good measure.

Here we go!

Transit App [5]

Transit App [6]This app is beautiful in its simplicity. Basically, this app uses your smart phones GPS to find out where you are and displays all the available transit and their departure times. You can plan your trip, set reminders and get notification about service disruptions as well as book ride shares in case you decide not to take the bus.

If you already know where you are going, this app maybe all you need.

Available for iPhone and Android devices.

Radar for Metro Vancouver Buses [7]

radar [8]Like the Transit App, this app is like a simplified version of nb.translink.ca. [9]

Radar is great if you know what route you want to take, but need the schedule. Simply type in the route number, and it shows all of the buses running the route in real-time.

Available for iPhone and iPad.

Transit DB [10]

transitdb [11]TransitDB [12] is a quick and offline guide to public transit in Metro Vancouver.

This mobile site has full offline schedules for all bus routes and stops, first and last departure information and helps you find nearby bus stops. Transit DB also lets you keep a list of your favourite bus stops, see route diagrams and has information on station and stop accessibility and other transportation contact numbers (i.e. Taxi).

Unfortunately, this lil’ guy does not have real time bus schedules or trip planning capabilities.

City Mapper [13]

City Mapper [14]City Mapper won App of the Year in 2014 [15] and is an urban transport app that uses open data to help you get around.

Features include live departure times for buses, real-time TransLink service alerts from Twitter and multi-modal planning from departure to arrival. You can also save home and work locations and get directions to those places from anywhere.

There’s also a feature that estimates the calories you’d burn if you decide to ditch transit and opt to walk or bike instead!

Available for iPhone and Android.

Bus Tracker [16]

bus tracker [17]TransLink Bus Tracker is a mobile web app that lets you view bus arrival times using on-board GPS coordinates.

This free app enables multiple bus selections for each stop and has a find me feature that allows you to search for nearby bus stops. The app also lets you use Google Maps to track your next bus. Frequently used buses and stops can be saved for quick access.

Compatible with iPhone, Android and tablets.

Live Transit [18]

Live Transit [19]This app lets you view the real-time GPS location of any bus in Vancouver, or look up the scheduled arrival times at any stop in the lower mainland.

You can select your preferred routes from a filterable list and check out real time bus locations, arrival time predictions and static schedule arrival times.

Only available for Android devices.

Google Maps [20]

Google Maps [21]While not specifically a transit app, good ol’ Google Maps app is a useful way to track Vancouver transit.

This app offers real-time transit information like predicted departure times, transit directions and maps, live traffic conditions and offers automatic rerouting to find the best route. Google Maps also features voice-guided GPA navigation for driving, biking and walking, so you can see how far your destination is from your stop!

Google Maps is available on iPhone, tablets and Android devices.

Poll time!

Do you use any of the above apps? Take the poll and let us know which is your favourite!

If your app of choice is not listed, tell us in the comments section what  you use to get around the city!

Which transit apps do you use?

  • Transit DB (27%, 50 Votes)
  • Transit App (26%, 48 Votes)
  • Google Maps (25%, 47 Votes)
  • City Mapper (9%, 16 Votes)
  • Radar for Metro Vancouver buses (6%, 12 Votes)
  • Live Transit (4%, 8 Votes)
  • Bus Tracker (2%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 125