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Catch The Bus

By Jared Egan

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Note: This app only has coverage for the following bus systems:
- The MBTA of Boston, MA
- The MUNI of San Francisco, CA

Full list:
- Charles River TMA - EZRide

- San Francisco Muni
- AC Transit
- Unitrans ASUCD/City of Davis
- Los Angeles Metro

New York:
- NYC MTA-Brooklyn (B63 5th ave route only)

District of Columbia:
- DC Circulator

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

- Portland Streetcar

- Western Kentucky University

North Carolina:
- Chapel Hill Transit

- Charm City Circulator

- Toronto Transit Commission

- California University of Pennsylvania

- City of Oxford

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.

* Has complete coverage for all routes in SF Muni & Boston's MBTA, and many other systems.

* Tells you when your bus will be at your stop, using GPS trackers on each bus.

* 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.

MBTA Disclaimer:
The location data used to support this feed is provided by equipment on the MBTA’s buses manufactured by Trapeze ITS U.S.A., LLC. The real-time predictions and the XML feed itself are provided by NextBus Inc. San Francisco also has similar data available. While I would love to come to your town and install GPS units on all of your buses, I simply don't have the resources to make that happen.

What you could do if you'd like your city to have data to make apps like this possible, is to contact someone in your local transit authority, and point them towards this app, showing your support for open data & innovation.


What's New in Version 2.2.1

New in 2.2:
New features and enhancements:
* Pull to refresh on stop detail page.
* Better error handling on stop detail page.
* Link to map from stop detail page.
* Ability to turn off annoying shake joke and goofy sounds!
* Reporting issues is now easier, and they are also sent to the MBTA if you are in that system.
* Support for savings stops from multiple transit system.
* Support for many additional transit systems! The following are supported:
* San Francisco Muni
* Massachusetts Institute of Technology
* California University of Pennsylvania
* AC Transit
* Los Angeles Metro
* NYC MTA-Brooklyn (1 route, B63 5th Ave)
* Charles River TMA - EZRide
* Washington DC Circulator
* Portland Streetcar
* Chapel Hill, North Carolina
* Charm City Circulator, Maryland
* City of Oxford
* Rutgers Univ. Newark College Town Shuttle
* Rutgers University
* Toronto Transit Commission
* Unitrans ASUCD/City of Davis
* Western Kentucky University

Bug fixes:
* Fixed iOS 5 crash when saving a stop.

New in 2.2.1:
* Minor tweaks

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Customer Reviews

Best MBTA bus app for seeing busses on a map!

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!!!

Good interface, but inaccurate.

With my last phone, I loved this app. I used it every day to check when I should leave the apartment or the bar or wherever without having to wait at the stop for too long. I found it easy to understand and navigate, and I loved that I could save stops I frequent (and I still love this part).

So one of the first things I did when I bought my new phone was to download the app again. But now I find it's inaccurate and seems to rely not on the GPS location of a bus, but where the bus "should" be at that time according to the MBTA. Because I'll be at my stop with several minutes to spare, and it will say my bus will arrive at 8:03, but 8:03 comes and goes and no bus is in sight. And the app tells me that I've missed the 8:03 bus and the next one will arrive at 8:14 (the time that the next bus would have arrived had my bus been on time). And by 8:17 there's still no bus and I resort to renting a Zipcar so I'm not late for work. And that's no small fee.

Maybe if there's an update, I'll try it again, but for now I'll stick to something more accurate. I don't want to wait 20 minutes at a bus stop in the winter.

Accurate and so helpful!

I have been using this app for my daily commute on crosstown buses and its predictions are good. Note that you should always leave extra time for traffic if using during rush hours, since the app can't predict heavy traffic or lots of passengers holding a bus up. Regardless, the GPS map is very helpful in tracking bus movements in real time. Bottom line: use some common sense and this app will serve you just fine.

Catch The Bus
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  • $0.99
  • Category: Navigation
  • Updated: Feb 17, 2012
  • Version: 2.2.1
  • Size: 3.6 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Jared Egan

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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