By Daniel Choi
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This free application gives you daily Boston MBTA bus, commuter rail, subway, and boat real time and schedule information, in convenient color-coded map and table formats.
This app requires access to a WiFi or cell network.
What's New in Version 1.3
- new native schedule grid interface
- modal stop finder
- real time bus routes
- save last route viewed and open it on startup
Good but could be great
This app does a very good job, but there are three things that could transform it into greatness:
1. Better distinction for Ashmont and Braintree lines when getting southbound info at JFK stations and north. I know the data is separated this way. If you are headed to Kendall, for example, it's important to know whether the next train is an Ashmont or Braintree train in order to know if you need to run. It would be especially great to be able to bookmark just the Ashmont line in order to clear out the distraction of the other trains.
2. Display of realtime and schedule time at the station. Right now it shows one or the other. At stations close to the end of the line headed inbound this means either one realtime time or 3 scheduled times. Why not always show 3? If there aren't enough realtime times available, fill in with scheduled times.
3. Enable auto refresh. You don't have to refresh to location every time. Refresh the location once, then refresh the realtime every 10 seconds. Maybe a button to refresh the location if needed.
Great but needs more features
Problem: if the bus or T or whatever you're looking for isn't running at the moment you are checking, then you cannot see any times or routes at all- just totally blank. Sometimes I want to map my route out the night before and I can't.
Problem: it would really be useful to be able to see ALL the subway lines on one map, or even better, to view a select number of routes whether they are bus or T or whichever at one time. That would be v handy. Right now you can only view one route at a time.
Problem: it's hard to know you are picking the right route in the right direction. It could be more clearly stated like, "final stop Harvard Square."
Problem: if you don't know which route a stop is on, unless you're "nearby" you have to guess around and click on random routes hoping to find it. Maybe they could let you drop a pin on a location and let you know stops nearby?
I do love this app and use it all the time. It is useful, for sure, but could be even better.
Useful for people familiar with the bus system. You choose your bus by route number and the nearest stop is shown with estimated times. If you do not know your route number, this is not the app for you.
You cannot select a route based on your location. This can be frustrating if you're in a different part of town than usual or you have multiple bus options as you need to punch in each route.
One route is displayed at a time, so planning connections is cumbersome.
You can bookmark routes, but lately that feature requires you to delete and recreate them when the underlying data changes.
I have been using this app since 2009 regularly. There have been no updates since 2010.