Where's my LA Metro Bus?
By Vladimir Grinman
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Where’s my LA Metro Bus? Version 1.1
Developed by Alex Grinman, Brookline High School, MA
This app is intended for Los Angeles residents who use the same bus routes everyday to get to work or to school. It can help them decide if they have to rush to make the bus, or if they can restfully finish their morning coffee without fear.
The app's user interface is designed to be very simple and intuitive. There is nothing extra: you select your bus route, whether you are going North, South, East, or West, and your bus stop (the closest stop to you will be highlighted if you allow location services). The app will then predict the arrival time for up to four incoming vehicles and you can locate the first one on the map. You can save stops as favorites to ensure quick access to them at any time. You can also see LA Metro alerts and service advisories.
There are two optional settings. You can choose to go straight to the last stop you viewed, whenever you load the app. You can also turn on automatic refreshing of prediction times and bus locations on the map.
This app relies on LA Metro’s partner, NextBus, which releases information, including real-time GPS locations and arrival countdown information, for all bus routes. This App is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch, but it requires an Internet connection (3G or WiFi) to get access to NextBus, who actually provides the real-time data.
What's New in Version 1.1
-fixed bug in route list index
-fixed predictions to accommodate LA Metro’s recent changes in data formatting that eliminated stop ids for over 100 stops
This app is unbelievable! I cannot believe how spot on the predictions are for busses. No more uncertain waiting or getting frustrated when busses are not following schedule. For someone who has no choice but to use public transit in LA this has given me more accurate freedom to properly plan and plot out the best route for my destinations. Thank you for creating this!!!
Came to my stop ten minutes early and saw a bus leaving. 15 minutes later I downloaded this app and confirmed the bus that was ten minutes late yesterday had been early by the same amount today. This app then told me when the next would be by and was very accurate. As advertised.
I have been using this for a week now. It is generally accurate and easy to use. MUCH better than the old NextBus app. Improvements? 1) Make it a little easier to set up the first time. 2) It should be possible to have more than one bus line on the same favorite. There are two lines that run on my usual route and I have to call them up one at a time. But I love the app.
- Category: Navigation
- Updated: Apr 16, 2011
- Version: 1.1
- Size: 0.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Vladimir Grinman
- © 2011 Alex Grinman
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.