Here are the three best public transit apps - Mobility Lab

Deciphering your transit agency’s schedule, posted on faded paper at the bus stop, is both difficult and futile: even if you decipher its Java Code-esque contents, the bus probably isn’t adhering exactly to the schedule, anyway.

Luckily, we live in an age where data scientists and designers try to solve these problems. The result is gorgeous transit navigation apps.

In 2015 we published an article recommending the best apps for riders. Things have changed a lot since then, so we updated our recommendations (based on a very intense Excel spreadsheet comparing their different features).

Using these apps is super easy: the apps use your location to give you real-time arrival information for nearby public transportation services (and even docked and dockless bikeshare, ride-hailing like Uber and Lyft, and car rentals like car2go). If you need directions, they can route your trip.

You can’t go wrong with any of these apps: all three of them work in most major cities and let you access real-time arrival information on the home screens without inputting a destination, unlike Google Maps or Apple Maps.

All three also let you view entire route information laid over a map. This means that you can see the entire length of a bus route and where each bus is in real-time (except with Moovit, which won’t show you the buses in real-time on this feature).

However, the idiosyncracies between the apps mean that some work better for different uses.

Click here to read the full article: