** 10-3-2011 Update **
DC Circulator just changed one of their Routes, effective 10-3-2011, so the app is being updated to reflect this change and the new version (1.1) will be released as soon as Apple approves the updated app.
Next DC Circulator is the best App for people who ride the Washington DC Circulator Bus. It works on both the iPhone and iPad and has high quality graphics for the iPhone 4's Retina Display.
• Nearest Bus, Fast
Designed for the user on the go. Open the app and it immediately finds your location and displays the closest bus stops. No need to search through a list of stops or pick from your favorites (but you still can, if you want).
• Bus Stop List
Easily find the stop you want, the way you want. Circulator stops are sorted by bus line and show which stop is the closest.
• Dynamic Bus Stop Map
An annotated pinch and zoom map that displays all of the DC Circulator Stops and Lines as well as GPS Bus Locations so you can easily understand where the Circulators are as you travel through the capital. Click on a stop to find out how far of a walk it is and to get walking directions. Pick and choose which map layers you want to display.
• DC Circulator Status Information
Find out if the bus system is experiencing a service disruption or delays. Don't wait until you get to the bus stop to find out there is a delay.
Keep tabs on bus stops you always use. Quickly pull up next bus arrival predictions and stop information.
• Stop Information
Quickly get the location for DC Circulator stops, how far away it is, and get walking or driving directions to and from the stop. Stop Information also includes bus arrival predictions, bus schedule and line information.
The bus arrival predictions and bus locations are only as accurate as the underlying data feeds, which we have no control over.
Ratings and Reviews
Buy at your own risk.
I use the Union Station / Navy Yard part of the app. Going toward Union Station the app isn't useful because at some point ( usually "2 minutes") from my stop, the bus sits somewhere and doesn't move for an unknown number of minutes. The timing info doesn't reflect the delay and I often wait far longer for a bus than I anticipate. Going toward Navy Yard the app often says the bus timing info at my stop is "Not Available." When the info finally pops up (usually 5 minutes) it only shows one bus arrival time per bus. It's more helpful when, at other stops, you see up to three arrival times. Lastly, the Circulator will run training buses and those buses show up normally in the arrival times. But when the training bus arrives, it doesn't take any passengers. I've been late to work because of that.
Great app but needs some updating
Have used the app for years on the Georgetown to union station loop if it was very helpful. You could plan when you left the office etc. recently I have used the app for the navy yard to union loop and found that the stops are out of date the timing is off (probably because of the incorrect stops). I waited in the union station garage (no longer a stop) for 20 min before finding it was no longer a stop on the navy yard-union loop. Annoying and should be easy to fix. Please fix this part of the app.
I really like being able to see where the bus is on the google map. Takes some of the pain out of waiting for the bus. Works great, highly recommend!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.