transit app

With Apple replacing Google Maps with its own in-house solution last fall, it essentially left the folks who use public transit services in the dark. Among its many flaws, Apple’s Maps app doesn’t feature any kind of transit data or directions.

So those who required this information were forced to seek out third party solutions. And today one of the more popular ones, The Transit App, received a major update. It now features real-time vehicle locations and, oh yeah, it’s now free!

Here’s the full 2.0 change log:

** Transit is now 100% free! **

Transit 2.0 also adds:
– Real-time vehicle locations where available.
– New Transit Modes settings let you disable particular modes within a transit agency.
– Autocomplete suggestions now include recent locations.
– New sorting order in Nearby mode taking into account departure time, mode (subway vs bus), distance and favorites.
– Improved schedule popover (long tap on right side of nearby routes cell).
– Offset your location from any stop on an itinerary path.
– Tons of bug fixes and performance improvements.

The Transit App has long been highly regarded for its beautiful design and the wide range of information it offers. Where as some apps only offer public transit data from a single city, it provides that information for 37 different US cities.

And it’s even better now that it’s been discounted. While the app has always been free, you used to have to pay a fee of $0.99 a month, $2.99 for 6 months, or $4.99 a year for the service. Not anymore. You can now use everything free of charge.

If you’re interested in checking it out, you can find The Transit App 2.0 in the App Store for free.

  • Lobo555

    What about people that paid the 5 bucks a day before the update like me

    • David Villamizar

      Refund!
      Good luck lol

    • Feel bad for you… this is why I usually pay 2.99 the most for any app.

      I would rather wait until they go on sales, it is just so easy for them to change the price, because the developer has full control, not the retailer.

      EDIT:
      By the way, this app has been free since 2012.

      • Andrew Roth

        Read the last paragraph: “While the app has always been free, you used to have to pay a fee of $0.99 a month, $2.99 for 6 months, or $4.99 a year for the service. Not anymore. You can now use everything free of charge.”

  • iphone4sgamer

    Getting this asap !!

  • Curious to know what exactly am I missing since I use Google Maps for the same purpose? What groundbreaking features does it have to offer that’s not already available in Google Maps (which has been free since day 1)?

    • I’m guessing the main ground-breaking feature is choice since nit everyone wants to use Google Maps…

  • No support for Omaha :X

  • Kurt

    How do app developers make money on free apps such as Viber? No ads on the app and no ads on the site.

    • EpicFacepalm

      Good question. The answer is “Tracking”. They track almost everything you do, even if you do nothing, your contacts are more than enough. I’ve analyzed the app, it uses various ad companies’ SDKs

      • Kurt

        So they sell our info? I guess it’s time to read their TOS :-/

      • EpicFacepalm

        Exactly (sorry for the late response). While Google mostly earns money from ads and tracking, Apple and Microsoft also reportedly do the same thing.