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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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.
Great when it works
When it's working, I love it since my morning commute lives and dies by the real time arrivals. It helps me figure out what station to transfer at for my non-timed transfer and whether the other train will actually be there or not.
Unfortunately, each schedule update seems to break the real time functionality and I am forced to rely on the schedules which are not at all accurate. Lately, I've spent more time with the app being broken than not, something which seems to magically resolve itself after several weeks only to break again with the next schedule update. If it were working, this would definitely be a 5 star app for the real time departures alone, but as it is currently, I can't rate it more than 2 as I am basically using it to guess at departure times.
- 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.