By Sky Highways
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The Muni+ Application
The SFMTA and our development partner, Sky Highways, have built a free smartphone app to help commuters in the San Francisco bay area who ride Muni.
Here are some of the great features:
1) Interactive Muni System Map is a collection of travel tools built into the official Muni system map. Highlight your favorite routes & stops, see live bus stop countdown clocks, and bus locations and all the up to date service information for the Muni system.
2) Multimodal trip planner - select your start point and destination and the app calculates your best options to travel across the city by bus, trolley, cable car, subway or bike.
3) The Social section is a Twitter feed which allows you to interact with your fellow passengers. Read up to the minute tweets and send your own comments while on your journey. You can report incidents or service problems right from the app.
The app was developed in conjunction with SFMTA but is not affiliated, sponsored or endorsed by MTC or 511.org.
We hope you download and enjoy this version of the Muni+ App. We are always looking for ways to improve it so if you have any suggestions, please let us know by visiting our www.muniapp.us or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What's New in Version 3.0
1) Interactive Muni System Map is a collection of travel tools built into the official Muni system map. Online & offline support.
2) Multimodal trip planner - select your start point and destination and the app calculates your best options to travel across the city.
3) The Social section now supports new Twitter API.
The true MUNI reveals itself
Perhaps you've felt that MUNI is run by political hacks and buffoons. Perhaps you've felt that the average MUNI worker doesn't care about anything except getting his or her next paycheck. However, you have no experience in operating a multimodal mass transit system under a budget constraint in a challenging urban environment. Is MUNI terrible because the people who run it are terrible, or is MUNI terrible because the problems it faces are nearly insurmountable?
The Muni+ allows us to finally resolve this conundrum. Here MUNI has the opportunity to build an app within the well-defined boundaries of the iOS APIs and list it in the curated App Store. There are no transients, drunks, or criminals that will board the app and interfere with its operation, the app does not require hard-to-find spare parts for buses built 40 years ago, the budget for the app is effectively unlimited in comparison to the overall MUNI budget, and MUNI does not need to negotiate a special union contract with their app developer. So how does MUNI do when creating a product in this pristine, controlled environment? Can they execute it a competent manner?
No! This app is preposterously bad. It almost makes me think that it's a sick prank designed to discredit MUNI, except that they actually promote it on their own website. Anyway, one good thing has come from this app: we now know that MUNI is truly incompetent.
I'm glad to see Muni has finally realized the importance of having an app. Unfortunately, this app is really terrible. I'm sorry to be so harsh, but this is honestly perhaps the single worst app I have ever seen. The UI is awful: it's not only crowded, confusing, and completely unintuitive, but it's very ugly and violates most of the human interface guidelines. The GPS locator doesn't work and so you're always at Muni headquarters. The idea of needing an account is absurd. There are already many nice Muni apps that have been around for years. How could they even release this abomination with a straight face?
Not genuinely horrible
It's bad, but not THAT bad. I had trouble registering, but realized the cryptic error message was trying to tell me to make a password with a capital, a lowercase, a number, and a special character. Anyway, past that, the app is... poor. Not utter garbage, not impossible to use, but not really great. There are many better choices -- including plain old Google. Nevertheless, all the super-terrible reviews are indeed a joke.
- Category: Travel
- Updated: Sep 03, 2013
- Version: 3.0
- Size: 50.8 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Sky Highways
- © Sky Highways
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.