Have you ever been half a block away from the bus stop and see your bus pulling away? And you weren’t even late, the bus was early. Now you have to wait 15-20 minutes for the next one and this happens quite often. The transit service just doesn’t understand why more people aren’t using the system. That was more than 3 years ago but something new is changing the landscape. The best public transit apps for 2019 are here and I will tell you about the features they offer.

In most major cities, there is a public transit app that will let you know where your bus is so that you won’t miss it. Real-time data could help shift commuters towards more reliable and sustainable travel options.

Sustainability should be a priority for everyone, yet I understand the need to put our particular journey first and the quality of our environment second. We all lead very hectic lives and are not willing to sacrifice our time, like for that bus that came early, then took off without even waiting.

If there was a viable option with added potential health benefit, I think most people would be able to change our routines and consider an alternative form of transport to benefit their health and environment. When the price is right – trains and coaches really are a viable alternative to cars. And more people on public transport helps to reduce CO2 emissions per passenger

Greenhouse gas emissions

Transport is the sector most responsible for 28% of greenhouse gas emissions. Of this figure, 60% is from passenger cars and another 23% from road transport. Getting more people off roads and into public transport is an imperative if these targets are to be met.

Urban populations are set to be grow by 20% over the next 30 years. If we do nothing, things will only get worse, not better. But at the same time as urban populations are growing, there are disincentives to owning and running a car – the high cost of individual journeys,

average car speeds in urban areas are often below 10 mph, congestion charges are going up globally and car-parking fees are increasing, too.

The ease of getting into your car and driving away is going to be a significant factor that stops commuters from switching. A lack of information about travel options is another factor.

Commuting made easy

What’s held people back from using public transport in the past is that they haven’t had free access to information. Real-time travel information is the key to prompting a change in citizen behavior. Consumers who are armed with data can make more informed choices about the forms of transport they use, such as Uber and Lyft.

Public transit is on the rise almost everywhere in the world. In the US alone, public transit is up 34% from 1995. Companies like Uber have revolutionized the space with more flexible (and dare we say, hip and cool) public transit options. Additionally, other companies like Citymapper have made existing transit easier to use. You can find transit apps all over the place that help you find a variety of transportation.

Commuting is a part of everyday life, whether it’s for work, leisure, or travel. Knowing the schedule can be tedious, especially when delays and detours often happen, so having a transit app definitely helps out with knowing when your bus or train is coming.

10 best transit apps and transportation apps for Android 2019

Cabify

Price: Free (rides cost money)

  • is an easy taxi app and more with a larger footprint than other transit apps.
  • covers over 400 cities in South, Central, and North America (up through Mexico).
  • finds your GPS location. You can then hail a ride to that location.
  • can store their credit card info for even more features.
  • also covers some cities in the Middle East region.
  • has a few minor issues.

Citymapper

Price: Free

  • support for taxis, subways, trains, ferries, cabs, and even Uber and Lyft.
  • can also get departure times, alerts, step-by-step directions, and offline maps in some areas.
  • covers about a dozen cities in the US, a few in Canada, over a dozen in Europe, and a few in Asia and Australia.
  • people can vote to have their areas eventually covered.

Curb

Price: Free (rides cost money)

  • an up and coming transit apps.
  • a taxi app that connects you to 50,000+ taxis in 65 US cities.
  • includes New York, Chicago, Washington DC, and Los Angeles.
  • request immediate ride or book a cab for later.
  • use the app to pay for rides you find on your own.
  • it’s new and it’s going through its fair share of issues.

EasyWay

Price: Free / $2.99

  • services Eastern Europe, including over 50 cities in the Ukraine, over 50 cities in Russia, and a few places in Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Moldova.
  • simple to use. Open it, find your location, and then order a ride.
  • can search for optimal routes, bookmark various information, and there is even an offline mode.
  • has had issues, but experience should be mostly positive.

Lyft

Price: Free

  • most popular transit app out there.
  • service is only available in the US for right now. However, it covers a really large portion of the US. Announced in early 2017 that a global expansion was imminent.
  • service works well, be even better when they go global.
  • can split checks between multiple riders, pay through the app, and more.

Moovit

Price: Free app

  • popular transit app, one of the biggest in this space.
  • supports over 2,000 cities with more on the way.
  • provide rides on its own or use it to find train schedules, bus schedules, subway schedules, trams, and more.
  • has unique stuff like bike sharing.
  • Most people have good experiences with this one. Recommend you try this one out first.

OneBusAway

Price: Free (rides cost money)

  • newer transit apps, simple to use, developer plans on expanding more later.
  • supports New York, San Diego, Rogue Valley for some reason, Tampa Bay, and Washington DC.
  • helps you find bus stops in your area.
  • sources arrival times with the local transportation agency.

Transit

Price: Free app

  • is growing quickly, and has a decent sized footprint.
  • supports over 125 cities across the US, Canada, Australia and Europe.
  • schedules for buses, subways, and similar modes of transportation.
  • has alerts, step-by-step navigation, bike sharing stations, and integration with Uber.
  • syncs up with local transportation agencies in most of the cities it supports.
  • user complaints are about occasional wrong arrival times of the occasional bus or train.

Uber

Price: Free app

  • the Google of transit apps. It covers the most bases.
  • covers more than 500 cities worldwide and expanding frequently.
  • pings your location and you can hail an Uber through the app.
  • pay through the app, rate your drivers, and more.
  • service usually works as expected.

Your local transportation apps

Price: Free (usually)

  • This list is focused on worldwide services or the US.
  • There are tons of transit apps for many countries and larger cities around the world.
  • The linked app is CittaMobi, a transit app that covers São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
  • Large cities like New York have apps dedicated just to its transportation.
  • Look around Google Play to see if there are transportation apps available for your city or country.

Best transit apps for iPhone in 2019

Transit

Price: Free app

 

Citymapper

Price: Free

 

Moovit

Price: Free app

 

Go LA

  • For a Los Angeles native or visitor to the City of Angels.
  • public transportation options, including Public Transport, Taxi, Flitways, Lyft, Zipcar, Motorbike, Car, Bicycle, or other.
  • input where you want to go within LA, where you’re coming from, you get step-by-step directions to your destination according to your preferred transportation methods.
  • shows estimated arrival time, and how much the fare will be.
  • with options like Zipcar, it allows you to book a car directly.
  • public transportation options show the bus line numbers and the name of the rails you will need to take.
  • Free – Download Now

Google Maps

  • many of us use it for driving directions, but it is great for transit directions also.
  • input a location first, then select the “public transportation” option, represented by the subway icon.
  • transit directions let you know which lines to take, how long the trip will be, and your estimated arrival time.
  • it lets you know if there are any detours and all the ETAs are in real-time, so if there are any delays, you will get notified.
  • when viewing your route, lines are color-coded so you can differentiate between lines easily. Also tells which public transportation companies you’ll be using on your trip, in case you need clarification for different fare and pass types.
  • Free – Download Now

ETA

  • an app for your favorite destinations.
  • main purpose of the app is to easily see estimated arrival times and share them with your friends and family.
  • provides quick access to both driving, transit, and even walking directions.
  • if you tap on that locale, you’ll see where it is on the map, along with multiple driving direction options.
  • Tapping on the transit button shows you how long it’ll take to get there with public transportation, along with the arrival time if all goes according to plan.
  • Tapping on the arrow button in the bottom left corner brings up the transit directions in your default navigation app, which can be changed in the app’s settings.
  • does not provide driving or transit directions directly, it is a shortcut to get the appropriate directions in your favorite app.
  • can change the directions back to driving from transit at any time.
  • this app is best used as a widget in your Today View.
  • $3 – Download Now

Conclusion

So, while much of the media’s attention is focused on the long-term impact of emerging technologies like autonomous vehicles and the Hyperloop, the near-term transformation of transportation is more likely to be shaped by the smart use of real-time data, helping to inform customers about cleaner, greener ways of getting around. Even on its best day right now, a car is three times more polluting per passenger per mile than a train.

That’s a very significant difference. We get all excited about new technology, but making the rail experience as frictionless as possible – saving the customers time, money and hassle – is crucial and can have a much more significant impact.

Having these revolutionary apps help to “reduce the anxiety of customers” and once people have a great experience, they’re more likely to be repeat customers – meaning the public could indeed start making a permanent switch from cars to trains and coaches.

 

What do you think of these transportation apps? Do you have a favorite and why? Please leave me a comment or question and I will be happy to reply. Thanks for reading my post.

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