PDX Bus, MAX, Streetcar and WES
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PDX Bus is an award winning application that displays arrival times for public transport in Portland, Oregon.
** PDX Bus won Best in Show at the CivicApps.org awards **
This little application uses the Internet to quickly access TriMet's live tracking data to display arrival times perfectly formatted for the iPhone. It allows you to bookmark frequently used stops, displays recently accessed stops, and gives details for arrivals which are en-route.
You can enter the stop "id" of the stop (as displayed at each stop or station) or you can browse the routes for the stop.
- Interactive rail maps, showing the MAX, WES and Streetcar stops.
- Embedded maps, showing locations of stops, and when available, the last known position of the bus or train.
- Use GPS to locate nearby stops or rail stations.
- Browse routes and stops, show an entire route on the map.
- Links to TriMet route information.
- Displays Rider Alerts, and Detours.
- A "Nighttime visibility flasher" - a flashing screen that can be used at night so that drivers can see you. TriMet suggests holding up a cell phone to make yourself visible to bus drivers.
-Trip Planning - now you can use the same trip planning feature that is available on TriMet's web site.
- Specially formatted text to work with the iPhone 3GS VoiceOver accessibility feature to speak arrivals.
- QR code reader to read codes at bus stops and stations
Route and arrival data provided by permission of TriMet.
Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
Note: this free application was developed as a volunteer effort to provide a service for TriMet riders, the developer has no affiliation with TriMet, or Apple. Suggestions and feedback are welcome.
What's New in Version 7.2
* New MAX & WES Maps
* Rebuilt for iOS 8 and iPhone 6
* Fixed issues with Streetcar arrivals
* Re-allowed emoji in bookmark names
Trip Planner Needs Work
UPDATE: downgrading from 3 stars to one. For an app that has real-time information about the location of every bus and every train, and real-time information about switch problems and delays on each rail line, this app does an abysmal job of providing meaningful, accurate information about delays. I'm truly not sure why they even have a "Rider Alerts" section. It never has any real-time (or even outdated, but detailed) information about delays.
The app is pretty decent overall, but it's cluttered by too much unorganized information. It would be helpful if the app consolidated information into groups.
The one part of the app that is non-functional is the trip planner. It's great if you know the specific start and end stops (either by name or ID#). But if you don't know your destination stop, for example, searching by rail map simply doesn't give you an option to select a stop. Instead, it gives you information about that line or stop, but there is no way to select that stop as a destination. You have to go back to the trip planner and select it from the list of stops. The app should allow you to select the stop by browsing rail lines ( like it explicitly says).
Best TriMet App Out There
I tried a few trimet apps out there. This one makes all of the details about my trips and buses the most readily available. It also comes with some other bells and whistles that just plain work out of the box, which even the official try that app is far from achieving. Nice work! Thank you!
BEST APP EVER
I know this is the best trimet app out there, and that no other apps are out there that can compete. But you know how this app can be even better? By adding similar app but smaller, nicer, and perfect looking for the Apple Watch! Thank you for bringing this app out here! It's really helpful!
- Category: Travel
- Updated: Dec 21, 2014
- Version: 7.2
- Size: 13.8 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Andrew Wallace
- © 2008-2014 A R Wallace
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.