MBTA Rail provides experienced Boston commuters with as much information as possible about the location and status of their trains. This app is designed for seasoned commuters who are already familiar with their line schedule.
• Near real-time location information (next stop, current stop, GPS location, predicted arrival time, and vehicle speed). Please see the note below regarding accuracy.
• Boarding track numbers
• Map of your train and other trains along your route
• View historical coach numbers, boarding tracks, and average on time percentages
• Crowd-sourced information. Is a prediction wrong? Train delayed mid-trip? Wondering if your train is standing room only? Discuss through the "Reports" button next to each trip
• Full schedule view with predicted arrival times for each stop
• Service alerts (delays, cancellations, track changes, etc.)
• Clean, user-friendly, and ad-free interface
Note: data is sourced directly from the MBTA's real-time feeds which is collected using PTIS equipment installed on the trains. We don't make any predictions ourselves; this app is simply an interface for the MBTA's data.
This app is NOT affiliated with the MBTA or MassDOT. Follow us on Twitter at @MBTARailTracker for updates.
Fixes an issue that caused outgoing trips not to appear when the group trips setting is set to direction.
Ratings and Reviews
Helps get ahead of crowd at South Station
I pay $264 a month for a Zone 4 monthly pass and for that kind of money I hope to get a seat on the commuter train. The “report” feature lets fellow passengers alert one another to which track the train is on several minutes before it’s officially announced so it’s possible to get a little bit of a head start ahead of the crowd. Also when train is delayed there can be some funny chatter via the reports feature! Anything to lessen the stress of an awful commute!
A must-have for Boston commuters
The other day the 504 on the Framingham line was delayed by some 20 minutes. Lucky for me Java Jim's is near the station, so I went to get a coffee and out of the cold. Some of my fellow riders had the same idea, and we were all peering into our iPhones. Someone said, "I wish I knew if I have time for breakfast." I said, "The train's just pulling into Southborough, so probably maybe."
Everyone wanted to know how I knew that, so I showed them this app: the realtime map, the schedules, the comments, and (my favorite) track percentages.
This is my go to app for commuting. Every morning before I leave the house, I check in on the 504. I'm not happy when the train is late, but I sure like knowing I have time for coffee.
So far, SO GOOD!
I've been using this app to monitor my daily commute from Westborough to Boston and back. I started using it the day after it came out. Simply put, it's pretty amazing! I didn't know this accurate of data existed. Keolis/MBTA has done such a poor job at getting accurate train info in the hands of passengers. This changes everything about the way I plan for, and react to both common schedules and inevitable delays alike. I don't understand why the app is free. My suggestion: after traction is made, offer a premium version because it's well worth it for the every-day commuter!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.