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Don't rely on bus schedules! Catch The Bus makes use of GPS trackers on each bus to give you an accurate prediction for when the next bus will arrive at your stop. Its simple and intuitive interface will get you the information you need fast. See below for a full list of which transit agencies are support.

- Has complete coverage for all routes in SF's Muni, Boston's MBTA, and many other systems.
- Tells you when your bus will be at your stop, using a combination of GPS trackers on each bus and schedule data.
* Save your favorite or most frequent bus stops to "My Stops" for easy access.
* Search for bus stops on a Google Map view, which will display your current location alongside the stops. Making it very easy to find your stop.

This app has coverage for the following bus systems:

***** Popular agencies *****

- MBTA of Massachusetts
- Muni of San Francisco
- NYC MTA - Bronx, Brooklyn & Staten Island
- Toronto Transit Commission

***** Full list *****

- Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority
- Charles River TMA - EZRide
- Lasell College
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology

- San Francisco Muni
- AC Transit
- Dumbarton Express
- Emery-Go-Round
- Unitrans ASUCD/City of Davis
- University of California San Francisco

New York
- NYC MTA - Bronx
- NYC MTA - Brooklyn
- NYC MTA - Staten Island
- City College NYC
- Downtown Connection
- Roosevelt Island

District of Columbia
- DC Circulator

- Portland Streetcar

New Jersey
- Rutgers Univ. Newark College Town Shuttle
- Rutgers University

- Thunder Bay
- Toronto Transit Commission

- Fairfax (CUE)
- George Mason University
- Radford Transit

- California University of Pennsylvania
- Temple University
- York College

- CyRide

- University of Minnesota

- Camarillo Area (CAT)
- Foothill Transit
- Glendale Beeline
- Gold Coast Transit
- Los Angeles Metro
- Los Angeles Rail
- Moorpark Transit
- North County Transit District
- Omnitrans
- Palos Verdes Transit
- Simi Valley (SVT)
- Thousand Oaks Transit (TOT)
- Ventura Intercity (VISTA)

North Carolina
- Asheville Redefines Transit
- Chapel Hill Transit
- East Carolina University

- Western Kentucky University

- Pensacola Beach (SRIA)

- RTC RIDE, Reno

- Seattle Streetcar

- Charm City Circulator
- Collegetown Shuttle
- Loyola University Maryland
- Prince Georges County
- Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland
- University of Maryland

- Societe de transport de Laval
- Societe de transport de Sherbrooke

- City of Oxford

- Georgia College

What's New

Version 3.2.0

- iPhone X support.

Ratings and Reviews

App works as advertised, NextBus website works better


If you absolutely must have an app for live MBTA bus tracking, Catch the Bus is for you. Otherwise, stick with the free NextBus mobile site. I've been using the NextBus website for a while now and the Catch the Bus app isn't yet as useful or nice to look at. The two almost-redeeming features in Catch the Bus are the route maps, which are just Google Maps with pins on the stops; and the ability to save favorite/frequent stops, which is buggy in this version and is adequately replicated using bookmarks to the NextBus pages. Add the bookmarks to your home screen for bonus points!

Things that are missing in this app that the NextBus site already has: a simple, uncluttered user interface; the ability to see other routes serving the same stop; a refresh button, which isn't critical since both the app and website auto-refresh, but it's comforting to be able to press something and know the data is fresh.

With that said, 99¢ isn't much and this app is certainly more useful than its $3.99 counterpart in the App Store, which I also purchased much to my disappointment. Buy this app and consider your 99¢ a vote for the developer to add a feature or two in future versions. As far as my rating, I'm reserving two stars for when this app is at least as good as the free NextBus website. Also, please note that since I'm writing from Boston, I can't speak to the usefulness of the app in SF.

Best MBTA bus app for seeing busses on a map!

Stefan the Computer Geek

I love this app, and I use it almost every day. Almost. I think that this app doesn’t do as good a job as others when it comes to showing me a handful of routes that I want to see. For example, other apps show me arrival times for my favorite stops in one view. This app makes me tap and wait for each stop that I’ve added to My Stops. For that reason I don’t use this app for arrival predictions.

However - this app is absolutely superior to all others for showing busses on a map! I couldn’t live without seeing how far away in **distance** is the next bus from me, because that often helps me figure out which route to take, which stop to walk to, if there’s bunching, etc. (For me, just getting the number of minutes until the next bus comes along to one stop isn’t the "Big Picture". By seeing on a map where the busses are relative to my location and relative to the stops I can make far better decisions on my commute than without the mapping.)

If you’re someone who doesn’t need the great map view of the route & vehicles then this app is good but not great. If you’re like me and seeing everything on a map is helpful, then this app is the best!!!

"Catch the Bus" because now you can...


My review of "Catch The Bus" is written primarily for other elders who (as do I) depend primarily on public transportation. And "Catch the Bus" is precisely what I have been doing since I purchased this app two weeks ago.
It has changed my life (well, sort of...). This navigation aid uses the GPS system with which each MBTA bus is now equipped and it tells with great accuracy when the next bus is due to arrive (as well as the next three or four on the schedule). Over the past two weeks "Catch the Bus" information has been 100% accurate for my routes, which are usually #69, #72, #77, and #79. Knowing when the next bus will arrive may seem a trivial concern. But for elders, for whom time is no longer on our side, an eternity can pass while standing on the street corner, waiting. Time is a precious commodity. With "Catch the Bus" on my iPhone I can plan my day and conserve my energy for travel.
I am 68 and I live in Central Sq., Cambridge. My grand kids think I am the coolest granny. And with "Catch the Bus" on my iPhone, I am!


Jared Egan
9.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Jared Egan


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