Embark iBART - San Francisco BART
By Embark, Inc.
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"A thing of beauty" — The Atlantic Monthly
"iBART is the best transportation-related iPhone application I've seen" — LA Times
Embark iBART is a transit application for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system. It is essential to all BART riders — from the occasional to the daily, the tourist to the commuter.
- A trip planner (no internet required)
- Station information
- Scheduled arrivals
- A handsome multi-touch BART map
- Service advisories
Feedback is greatly appreciated at email@example.com
Note: Embark iBART is not funded by or directly affiliated with Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). These applications were made by two Bay Area natives who wanted to make BART easier to use for all riders.
What's New in Version 2.4.4
- Bug fixes
- Updated Schedules
Latest schedule update fixed the issues, no longer broken. The reason this is a 3-star app is that while it provides basic functionality, there are some glaring issues.
First, the trip planner strictly shows trips in the future. This means you can't see any trains that just departed on that route: so if the train is running 5 minutes late, that trip is not visible unless you manually roll back the departure time. Since BART is often late, this is an inconvenience.
Second, the same trip planner issue is much more problematic for trips selected by arrival time, where only
trips arriving before the programmed time are visible. If I enter 1PM as the arrival time, and there is a train that arrives at 1:02PM, I can't see it. So if my schedule is somewhat flexible, I'm not getting the information that I need.
Finally, and compounding these shortfalls greatly, there is no option on the trip planner window to "see earlier trips" or "see later trips". This turns the above inconveniences into serious usability issues. I need to navigate back to the data entry window, tap the time, and select a different time, before finally being able to return to the trip window to see what trips are available.
So while this app is usable, it's just barely so. The information you need is there, but often not readily accessible.
Best BART app available.
This wonderful app is by a considerable margin the best app currently out there for BART users. It combines real-time arrivals AND access to schedules (BART, unlike other subway systems, sticks to a specific timetable). Real-time arrivals are laid out in a logical and easily understandable format. The trip planning function is easy to use and is based on the schedules. It very clearly lays out not just direct trips, but all those that can be made via timed transfer, and makes great use of the BART route color schemes (better use, in fact, than BART does itself). The application automatically informs users when schedule updates are available, and also receives BART service and Twitter updates. Unlike many transit apps, it’s also extremely stable; I’ve had very few problems with crashes or freezes.
My only minor suggestions are to make accessing “favorite” stations easier: it’s not really intuitive to have to go into “All stations” for the “favorite” menu. It would also be nice to have the length of the trains in cars displayed. That aside, this application wins hands-down for BART apps; accept no other substitutes.
Fix real time departures
I have used this app for a long time and it has been awesome but lately I see issues with the real time departures and it won't load. Please fix it... I also saw a review complaining about the red and yellow. I don't know if they live in the Bay Area but that is the differ colors of our lines. They need to look at the Bart map and see we have a red, blue, yellow, green and orange. They designate what sector of the bay your going to. Maybe you where going on the bay point to SFO/Millbrae which is indicated by red and yellow. Nothing to do with the how it is operating. Take a look at the map before make review on a transit app. This app even has a tab where you can see the map and the differ colors of the tracks hahaha
- Category: Navigation
- Updated: Jun 07, 2013
- Version: 2.4.4
- Size: 3.9 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Embark, Inc.
- © Embark, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.