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Transit App is voted best TTC app

Posted by Staff / July 23, 2014

best ttc appWhat's the best transit app in Toronto? According to readers of this site it's the aptly named Transit App which edged out Moovit and Rocketman in our recent poll. As the winning app, Transit App will be promoted on and officially endorsed by the TTC for the next year.

"We couldn't be more happy that Toronto chose Transit App! We're thrilled the TTC is officially endorsing our app, and we're proud that tens of thousands of the region's commuters use it every day. We look forward to improving the transit experience of many more users in Toronto and around the world," said Transit App Co-Founder and CEO Sam Vermette.

"Transit App is a great tool and we're so pleased to be able to promote it directly to our customers. While the TTC continues to expand information via our website, trip planner and social media we are excited to be able to have our customers get real time information directly to their mobile device via Transit App," said TTC Deputy CEO and Chief Customer Officer Chris Upfold.

Last December, former TTC Chair Karen Stintz proposed that the TTC undertake a contest to help improve customer knowledge of self-serve opportunities with third-party mobile apps using TTC open data. We were happy to be partner with the TTC on this initiative, however, only those apps available for use on both iOS and Android devices were included. All apps work using the GPS feed that TTC provides to Open Data-Toronto.

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Jamaal / July 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm
A well-deserved accolade of sorts. I've been using this app since they had a paid membership model ('GOLD' member lol) and can attest to it's quality and accuracy ever since.
S / July 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm
Does this app give you times based on the schedule, or based on the GPS location of the vehicle? I've been using NextTTC on my Android because it gives the times based on GPS, but the app can be a bit buggy so I'd like to switch to another GPS-based app.
Dan / July 23, 2014 at 01:17 pm
It's GPS-based
Sam Vermette / July 23, 2014 at 01:47 pm
Dan is correct, for TTC we use real-time info to show vehicle locations and departure times. You can tell if a route is using real-time if there's a little radio symbol in the top right corner of the cell.

And Jamaal, the golden numbers shall be back soon :)
Darnuts / July 24, 2014 at 05:01 am
Not available for Blackberry, of course? I find TTC's text message system works just fine.
ZuZu / July 24, 2014 at 06:23 am
If Transit had the Google maps navigation that Moovit has, a way to easily pick your favorite stops and a countdown timer/alarm like Transit Now..... it would be the perfect app
doconnor / July 24, 2014 at 11:42 am
Most major transit agencies have lists of all the apps that work on their system, like this one for LA Metro. The TTC should do that same.

I'd just like to mention my web app, TransSee which can provide a lot of details so you know if the prediction might be wrong, like how far the vehicle is behind schedule so it likely to short turn and it shows off route vehicle locations.
dwyo / July 31, 2014 at 06:02 am
Nope. Had to take an early bus today (before 6 am) and it is in no way my usual schedule so I had to rely on a TTC app. Compared Rocket Man, Transit App and Moovit. Rocket Man claimed my bus was 89 minutes away, Transit App stated it was 58 minutes away, while Moovit said it was 2 minutes away. Sure enough, my bus arrived 2 minutes later. The best TTC app is NOT Transit App. It's Moovit.
M.J. / October 19, 2015 at 03:12 pm
I don't find Transit App accurate at all. On Friday I was waiting on Senlac Road for a 98 bus, the Transit app claimed there was one 3 minutes away, then 2 minutes away, then 0 minutes away from the stop I was waiting at. The bus never came (and there wasn't one down the street), and soon it said 32 minutes for the next one. There was a radio symbol too.

Other times I've waited for 84 buses on Sheppard and the app will say the next one is 7 minutes away, but the bus shows up less than a minute later.
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