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TransLoc Rider: Transit Tracking & Alerts

By TransLoc Inc.

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TransLōc has raised the bar with this wholly reimagined transit-tracking app. If you’ve ever stood in the rain wondering where your bus or train is, TransLōc Rider is the app for you. TransLōc Rider provides real-time transit tracking, arrival predictions and proximity alerts.

With TransLōc Rider you can:
• Watch buses and trains move in real time
• Set alerts that tell you when your favorite bus is approaching
• See the location and heading of any bus in your vicinity
• Watch all the buses moving on a specific route
• Check the arrival predictions for all buses approaching a specific stop
• Use SmartSearch to quickly locate specific routes and stops

This app leverages an Apple service called the "significant location change service", which runs in the background and collects data only when your device has traveled 500 meters and five minutes have passed. In standard usage, this results in a tiny processing impact to your device. The benefit to transit riders is assisting transit agencies in positioning routes and stops as well as dispatching vehicles with optimal frequency.

The TransLōc app is available for these transit agencies. If your agency is not listed, please contact your transit provider and request TransLōc.

• Adelphi University
• Architect of the Capitol
• Atlantic Station FREE RIDE
• Auburn University
• Ball State University
• Biola University
• Boston College
• Boston University
• Bowling Green State University
• Brandeis University
• Bucknell University
• Capital Area Transit
• Cary Transit
• Cerritos On Wheels
• Channel Center
• Chapel Hill Transit
• Chapman University
• Chicago Transit Authority
• Children's Hospital Boston
• Columbia University
• Duke University
• Durham Area Transit Authority
• East Valley Demo
• Eastern Connecticut State University
• Emory University
• Fairfield University
• Florida State University
• Fordham University
• Gap Inc.
• Harvard University
• High Point Market
• High Point University
• IndeBus Transit System
• Jacksonville State University
• Jacksonville University
• James River Transportation
• Johnson & Wales University
• Johnson & Wales University: North Miami Campus
• Kennesaw State University
• La Salle University
• Lamar University
• Life University
• Louisiana State University
• Mercer University
• METRO Light Rail Demo
• Monona Express
• Montgomery County Community College
• Morgan State University
• Mountain Line
• Nashville International Airport
• NC State University Wolfline
• New York University
• NMDOT Park & Ride
• Northern Arizona University
• Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
• NRTA Wave
• Oakland University
• Ohio State University Medical Center
• Penn State Hershey Medical Center
• Philadelphia University
• Phoenix/Glendale/Peoria Demo
• PreFlight - Boston
• Princeton University
• Quinnipiac University
• Red Bus
• Robert W. Woodruff Library
• Saint Joseph's University
• San Jose
• Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority
• Savannah College of Art and Design - Atlanta
• Savannah College of Art and Design - Savannah
• SF Perimeter Shuttle
• Southern Illinois University Carbondale
• State Street
• Stevens Institute of Technology
• Texas Christian University
• Transtar
• Triangle Transit
• UChicago
• University of Alabama
• University of Alabama at Birmingham
• University of Arizona
• University of Florida
• University of Kentucky
• University of Maryland Baltimore County
• University of Massachusetts Boston
• University of Memphis
• University of New Hampshire
• University of New Haven
• University of North Alabama
• University of North Florida
• University of Rochester
• University of Tennessee
• University of Toledo
• University of Virginia
• University of Western Sydney
• University of Wyoming Roundup
• Virginia Commonwealth University
• Widener University
• Yale University

What's New in Version 1.1.6

Various updates for iOS 8.

For those of you who read release notes (thanks to both of you!), our engineers have taken great care to use the most efficient techniques to collect location data. We leverage an Apple service called the "significant location change service", which runs in the background and collects data only when your device has traveled 500 meters and five minutes have passed. In standard usage, this results in a tiny processing impact to your device. The benefit to you, as a rider, is assisting your transit agency so it can more intelligently position routes and stops as well as dispatch vehicles with optimal frequency.

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Customer Reviews

Useful, but ignore the predictions

Generally well designed. The UI is fairly smooth and naturally laid out. The favoriting features are nice, particularly that the app zooms to your nearest favorited stop on launch. Route selection is onerous, with no search feature. Service alerts are text-only, neither accompanied by maps nor shown on the map screen. Picking the right stop can be error-prone when stops for opposite directions of travel are across the street from each other, which is common (the stop names do not indicate direction).

Most of all, the predictions should be ignored. You’re better off using the bus locations shown on the map to develop your own predictions. It’s so tempting to rely on the precise figure (14 minutes!) but the reality is it might be 7 minutes or 25. These aren't isolated, small errors, either — the predictions are dramatically and reliably wrong. The app doesn’t seem to take into account that buses don’t start moving out of their origins right after coming online, and sometimes they have scheduled pauses along their routes.

Near useless

Predictions are never correct...not even close...until the bus is literally less than one minute from arrival. The app is supposed to aggregate location data to help improve this system, but seeing as how buses still stop erratically even in light traffic (my stop is supposed to be picked up about every 10 minutes), this feature is only useful for draining my battery. Google can pinpoint arrivals to the exact I know the technology exists. I only rate two stars because at least I can watch the location of the buses equipped with GPS (which is about 80% of them). TransLōc was a better least it was a much cleaner interface.

Still battery hungry

If you enable location services for this app, it look likes every time you open the app, it uses your location for at least 5 minutes. I waited for two minutes to see if it would stop using my location and it didn't. I therefore watched my battery life fall by 3% in the span of two minutes before deciding to turn location services off. Otherwise, the app generally works well.

TransLoc Rider: Transit Tracking & Alerts
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  • Free
  • Category: Navigation
  • Updated: Jan 18, 2015
  • Version: 1.1.6
  • Size: 3.5 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: TransLoc Inc.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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