Embark Boston T – MBTA by Embark
By Embark, Inc.
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Embark Boston T is the best way to get around Boston on the train. It is essential to all 'T' riders — from the occasional to the daily, the tourist to the commuter.
Embark even works without cellular signal!
– Offline trip planning between subway stations
– Interactive MBTA (T) Map
– Directions to any address or landmark (internet connection required)
– Tap any station to see upcoming scheduled trains & a street map
– Bookmark a station to save it
– Current "T Alerts"
– Push alerts for delays customized to your routes
– Share your trip via Email, SMS or Twitter
Feedback? Requests? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: Embark Boston T was not commissioned by and is not associated with MBTA. Transit data is provided by MassDOT.
What's New in Version 1.4.3
- Updated Schedules
- Bug Fixes
This is definitely one of my two most-used transit apps (the other being Catch the Bus). What I find most helpful is that you have access to trip planning and schedules without needing wifi or data so you can check things if you're underground and don't have service--I haven't found another app that operates without internet access. My biggest complaint would be that, for some reason, it always gives me weird directions to South Station. I live on the Green Line and instead of having me transfer at Park Street, it tells me to get off at Boylston and walk. Maybe it thinks that the 0.6 mile walk is faster, but I'd like to see both options and make that decision for myself, especially if I have a large suitcase or it's cold and raining, etc.
I used to use this app daily and preferred it to the other transportation apps I have, but for the past few days, I keep getting a message that says "no trips found at specified time" no matter what time or stops I put in. I think the last schedule update must have wiped the schedule completely (possibly related to the closure of Government Center?). Until this is fixed, I'm going to have to use a different app.
What's up with the bad reviews?
I recently moved to Boston and downloaded 4 or 5 MBTA mapping/scheduling apps.
After a week of use this one is by far the best for daily use. Sure, it doesn't have schedules available out into perpetuity, but what's really the utility in planning a trip down to the minute two weeks from now.
It uses the actual MBTA system map, allows you to use GPS to find which station is the closest, and does a good job indicating when you need to make connections.
Maybe doesn't have all the features of some other apps, but it's extremely easy to use and does the basics. Navigating mass transit in Boston.
Cool Like But Could Be More Useful
Hmmm, it gave me a 3 min window to make my connection between N. Station and the Orange line, which is of course is impossible to do. Worse though, is that it didn't give a few subsequent times to make the Orange line. Instead it just listed the arrival time at my final stop based on the 3 min window for my connection. Not useful.
Also it requires you to put in a start and end destination, which is okay. However I would like the option of listing just the schedule times not just in real time but for the next day or weekend too for planning.
I did like the look, feel and color however which makes it more interesting to use than other apps.
- Category: Navigation
- Updated: Aug 06, 2013
- Version: 1.4.3
- Size: 15.2 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Embark, Inc.
- © 2012 Embark, Inc
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.