You are on your way to work. As you walk up the stairs to the train platform, the doors close and he begins a slow roll towards his destination without you. You were only a few minutes late, and now you are stuck waiting for the next train.
Fortunately, technology has given us some genius ways to monitor trains, buses and subways. With this public transit tracker app, you will never lose your connection again.
You can rely on Citymapper to provide you with real-time data for all the public transit options in your area. If you are curious about train and bus times, press the Rail or Bus button in the main menu. Citymapper will open a map showing train stations, bus stops, and subway stations within walking distance.
Select Get Me Somewhere in the main menu, and enter your desired location. Citymapper will pull up all your transit options and your estimated time of arrival, as well as the cost of the trip.
Citymapper doesn’t stop at just trains, buses, and subways – it also shows you available rideshares, Ubers, Lyfts, bike trails, and even ferries.
Download: Citymapper for Android | iOS (Free)
Transit’s simple interface makes it easy to get from one destination to the next. As soon as you open the app, it shows you a map of your area, along with the closest available public transit options and departure times. Unlike Citymapper, Transit also supports Amtrak.
You can even track the real-time location of your buses and trains watch your train or bus approach your stop, and never worry about getting there late. Plus, you can enable push notifications to remind you of any service changes.
If you are not familiar with your environment, use the Go option to enable step-by-step instructions. This way, you will know exactly which bus stop or train station will allow you to reach your destination on time.
Don’t see a transit option that’s right for you? Easily use the app to call the nearest Lyft, Uber, or Via ride, or find a nearby bike share to use as your backup plan.
Download: Transit for Android | iOS (Free)
Moovit supports more than 2,700 metro areas. When you’re ready to depart, add your destination and use Moovit’s live directions to get to transit options on time.
Use a combination of bus, train, bicycle, subway, ferry or even Uber to get to your location in the most efficient way possible. This convenient transit tracker supports some of the most widely used transit agencies such as MTA, NJ Transit, BART, LA Metro, Caltrain and many more.
Moovit has a unique interface that allows you to see the nearest transit station and lines clearly. Tap the Lines option at the bottom of your screen, and you’ll scroll through the various city bus and train routes. When you tap on a certain line, the app puts its schedule right at your fingertips. You also have the option to move the cursor around the map to find the nearest station.
Download: Moovit for Android | iOS (Free)
Rome2rio not only gives you information about buses, trains, ferries, rental cars and rideshares, but also shows you flight schedules. Rome2rio has access to the schedules and prices of 5,000 different companies in over 160 countries.
Just enter your destination in Rome2rio’s search bar whether it’s countrywide or citywide, Rome2rio will show you how to get there. As if Rome2rio couldn’t get better, you should know that you can buy transit tickets through the app, making it a great app for planning trips.
Download: Rome2rio for Android | iOS (Free)
OneBusAway is an open source application that allows you to save your favorite bus stops, find nearby stops, and receive reminders for your most frequented routes. As the name implies, this application only focuses on buses.
Unfortunately, OneBusAway doesn’t have as far as some of these other apps, but it still provides accurate travel information for bus drivers in major cities. Currently, OneBusAway is only available in Oregon, California, Washington, Florida, Washington DC, and in the York Territory of Canada.
Open OneBusAway, and look at your city map each green dot represents a bus stop. Tap on any of the stops, and you will get detailed information on the bus lines.
Download: OneBusAway for Android | iOS (Free)
When it comes to public transportation, locals usually have the best information. That’s where Transportr comes in. This open source Android app has been edited and created by people from all over the world using data from local transit agencies. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even add your own city to the app.
Ready to go? Type in your destination and Transportr will show you the best route via subway, train or bus, along with departure times and delays. You can also view the map to see the nearest station.
Transportr doesn’t use Google Analytics tracking tools, so you don’t have to worry about intruding on your privacy.
Download: Transportr for Android (Free)
Sometimes you just need to get back to basics. If you’re already familiar with Google Maps, you know how simple this app is to use. Type in your destination, and Google Maps will find the best route for you.
To display public transit options, select the train icon at the top of the menu bar. Google Maps not only shows train options, it also shows bus routes as well as subway and tram schedules. With easy-to-follow Google Maps directions and GPS tracking, you’ll never get lost.
If you haven’t tried this feature before, it’s probably not the only lesser-known Google Maps feature you’re missing.
Download: Google Maps for Android | iOS (Free)
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