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DaBus - The Oahu Bus App

By City and County of Honolulu

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No more getting caught in the rain waiting for the bus! No more scratching your head and wondering if you had missed the bus! No more guessing when the next bus will arrive.

The DaBus app takes the guesswork out of catching the bus on the island of Oahu. It uses the near real-time arrival information, courtesy of the Oahu Transit Services, to provide the best estimated time on when the next bus will arrive. This app also tracks the current location of the bus you are interested using the GPS device installed on many of the buses. In addition, it also provides options to explore different bus routes and take a virtual ride to better understand its route.

This app is fun, simple and intuitive to use. Best of all, it is absolutely FREE!

- Mahalo (Thank you) for downloading and using this app.


- Locate nearby bus stops at your current location.
- Search for a bus stop by street name or stop number.
- Get complete real-time bus arrival information.
- Track the current location of your interested bus.
- Bookmark your favorite bus stops.
- Explore different bus routes.
- Virtually ride the bus and double tap to zoom in on its route.
- Find a bus route by the route number or route name.
- Get information on the bus fares, holiday schedules and service alerts.

What's New in Version 1.2.1

- Added function to decode HTML string when viewing the news contents.
- Disabled user interaction on Version table cell.
- Added error handling when a news feed account is not responding.
- Fixed the "icon switching" error on Tracking screen where the Bus appears as a Stop icon.
- Enabled video to be played in vertical or horizontal screen orientation.
- Enabled web contents to be viewed in vertical or horizontal screen orientation.
- Added video description to the video screen.
- Added code to update the estimated arrival time with each refresh on the Tracking screen.
- Revised Service Alerts screen to provide more rider alert information.
- Added new app icon.

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Customer Reviews

Functional, but needs a fresh coat of paint.

As is perhaps indicative of Hawaii culture, the official app for TheBus serves its purpose—find your bus stop and it tells you when the next bus will arrive. The City and County of Honolulu expects that riders with smartphones will also take advantage of Google Maps, which natively integrates real-time data from the City and County. Behind the scenes, the City and County has been making improvements to arrival times through GPS integration on its buses. For all intents and purposes, the app does its job.

That being said, the interface is dated. With the debut of the original iPhone 5 in 2012, the app still doesn't support the resolutions of the iPhone 5/5c/5s, much less the 6(s) and 6(s) plus. It would be nice to use an app that natively supports my iPhone 5s screen.

Another point of contention which may be of discussion—the app utilizes informal, borderline-Pidgin verbiage, including "oh-Yea" (lowercase o, uppercase Y, no h). Although I understand the value of injecting some local lingo, I can't help but feel that an official or professional app should be a bit less casual. Maybe the City and County could consider creating a bilingual app with two settings: standard American English and Pidgin. Better yet, let's have integration for Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, Marshallese and Chuukese considering our island's population is quickly diversifying.

Let me clear up all the controversy

The app is great. It does what it says. It does what it should. AND MORE. However, the interface, the user experience, whatever you want to call it, is poor; thus the loss of two stars. The UI is built around the idea of find a stop or find a route. That is not how people think. People think: how do I get from here to there; what buses go where I want to go; and where is my bus now. All of these features are there, but you would not know it and it is not obvious. It took me more than 6 months to find them. So my advice is two-fold: 1. Developers: rework the home page to be more informative and less cartooney. 2. Users: click on all the buttons and icons until you find what you are looking for. You can track your bus as it approaches. That is cool, but it is not explained anywhere. The app is great, but not obvious.

Needs better interface and less periods of unavailability

The app itself seems as though it has never been upgraded since it first came out. Navigation can be a bit difficult as bus stops are not placed accurately on maps and looking for stops that are not near you can prove to be difficult unless you have the bus stop number. Even with the number, you are sometimes greeted with a message stating that the stop does not exist. Now… those could be easily overlooked if the app is able to consistently do what is promised. Unfortunately, it fails from the early evening onward. All stops pretty much displays that arrival time are not available. This continues well into the evening. The idea started off great but with lack of maintenance and regular improvements to the bus tracking system, it is a failure (for the app developers hired, TheBus, and the Honolulu Office of Transportation).

DaBus - The Oahu Bus App
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  • Free
  • Category: Navigation
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  • Version: 1.2.1
  • Size: 3.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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