Transit app makes public transportation a breeze [50 Essential iOS Apps #6]


Transit for iPhone shows upcoming times
Transit shows nearby transportation options and upcoming arrival times.
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50 Essential iOS Apps: Transit Public transportation can be a nightmare. Traveling in an unfamiliar city or relying on trains and buses to get around can leave you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated.

Transit for iPhone makes finding train bus, and subway schedules simple. With support for more than 80 U.S. cities and dozens more around the world, it is one of the most useful apps for making the right choice of transportation.

What is Transit?

The Transit app aggregates information from transit agencies to give users train, subway and bus schedules in real time. It also provides useful insights on delays, and can help you pick the quickest route to your destination.

This handy transit app also pulls in data from increasingly popular bike-share, ride-share and car-share services. The end result? Transit provide users with a wide variety of options for getting around.

Why the Transit app is great

Whether you’re traveling or using public transportation to commute, knowing when a train, bus or subway will arrive is critical. Transit pulls in real-time estimates on when the next ride will arrive, and helps you plan accordingly.

Simply plug in your starting (or current) location and your destination. Then the Transit app provides the best options for getting there. In addition to giving information about upcoming commuter lines, it will provide cost estimates for Uber rides, as well as possible options for both car-share (like Car2Go) and bike-share services (like Divvy and Nice Ride).

Transit also supports notifications for major disruptions in service. These notifications can keep you from getting stuck waiting for a train that isn’t coming. Additional features, like minimizing walking or viewing only accessible means of transportation, add an extra layer of assurance in planning your trip.

Who Transit is for

Anybody who travels to a city with established public transportation (see Transit’s list of available regions and cities) will find this app useful for getting around. Commuters who rely on subways, trains or buses to get to and from work will benefit from info on delays and schedule changes. The app’s trip-planning feature also proves helpful in getting around as efficiently as possible.

Transit: The best public transit app

Transit is the perfect choice for planning a trip that involves public transportation. The easy-to-use, reliable public transit app is a great way to get from point A to point B quickly and without the headache.

Price: Free

Download from: App Store

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