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 7.11
Added Orange Line stations and updated the map and MAX colors.
Updated streetcar colors and map for A Loop and B Loop.
A handy, intuitive app to have, BUT...
And, this is a fairly obvious "but," however, it should most definitely be noted, and I suppose interpreted as a usage tip, maybe, but lately all the buses have been on detour schedules. Always remember that anytime the bus or max is on a "detour" schedule (which sometimes I feel they do either on accident, or "just because"), it allows them to sporadically change the arrival times, continuously in some cases.
A seasoned public transit rider will already know to always arrive early to the stop, and leave approx. 30 minutes earlier than needed, to give an appropriate bumper of time, just in case the arse-hole bus driver chooses (legitimately "chooses," I've seen it) to leave their departing transit center, 10-15 minutes later than scheduled, for whatever reason (wants a soda out of the vending machine, chatting with fellow drivers, fat and lazy, etc.).
So, pro-tip: ALWAYS give yourself a 30 minute buffer. But hey, nothing's perfect. If every single bus and max train had high-end GPS recievers connected directly to the app in real-time, then it would be perfect, then it would be able to get a "5Star" rating.
But with all the above considered, it's pretty darn good (and resourceful).
Great app which I use almost daily. More useful than any public transit tool, app or otherwise, that I've used for transit systems between several US states. Simple, lightweight design is almost instantly ready for use on launch.
My only concern is when browsing for a stop to view the full stop list for a given line, the end of the line stops are omitted (E.G. Line 20 westbound ends at Beaverton TC, last stop shown is SW Center and Lombard). When trying to meet connecting lines, the ability to plan down to minutes by having that end of the line arrival data is invaluable. This is especially true for those unfamiliar with Trimet, those new to the area, etc.
This app is great, Trimet is awful
In fact, Trimet is so awful that it affects the value of this app when buses (almost always) never show up on time. So it'd be great if it had a way of finding alternate routes/rerouting planned trips when your bus inevitably doesn't show on time.
A few other things:
1. It'd be great if the app could get you to a business without your needing to know its address.
2. An easier/quicker way to see what stops you're near and what buses are running nearby. Often, by the time I can enter the parameters in the Locate Nearby Stops function and decipher the information, I'll have missed a bus.
3. Maybe some indication whether the stop you're looking for in trip planner is a major stop (one the bus calls) or a minor stop.
Generally the app is good. But it could be better if it assumed that Trimet is terrible (which it in fact is).
- Category: Travel
- Updated: Sep 12, 2015
- Version: 7.11
- Size: 15.3 MB
- Apple Watch: Yes
- Language: English
- Seller: Andrew Wallace
- © 2008-2015 A R Wallace
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.