Transit app returns to Apple Watch to make public transport easy

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Transit for watchOS is better than ever.
Photo: Transit

The super-handy Transit app today returned to Apple Watch almost two years after its developers dropped support for the wearable.

Transit makes it easy to access public transport information on your wrist. It’s now better than ever, with useful maps and more detailed information.

A number of developers, including high-profile ones like Amazon and eBay, have dropped support for Apple Watch in recent years. They blamed technical limitations or a lack of interest in their software.

But Apple Watch itself has only gotten more popular. But improvements like faster hardware, an edge-to-edge screen, and always-on display technology have ensured it remains the most popular wearable by far.

It’s no surprise, then, to see that some developers are now taking another shot at Apple Watch apps.

Transit makes a comeback on Apple Watch

Transit is one of them. The latest update to its iPhone app, version 5.6.3, brings back its watchOS companion app. It’s now native, so it runs a lot better than before, and it’s even more useful.

Transit shows you nearby bus and metro options, along with arrival times and future arrivals. It now includes maps that show you exactly where you’ll need to be to catch a ride.

The update also redefines Transit’s definition of the “closest” transportation options. Rather than measuring distances in a straight line, it now determines how long it will take you to walk to each one.

Get Transit for Apple Watch today

You will still need to pull out your iPhone for some features, but for the most part, Transit on your wrist will get you where you need to go. And it’s a free download from the App Store.

Transit’s return obviously doesn’t mean that other Apple Watch abandoners will be returning. But it’s certainly a good sign — and we’re hoping others will take note and follow suit.