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York Region Transit now has an iPhone app

Posted by Derek Flack / January 18, 2013

York Region Transit AppHey, York Region! Look at you covered in snow. But there's some good news for those of you whose fates depend on public transit. Albu Media has just released an iPhone app that tracks bus arrival times, which sure is nice given the frequency of service in the area. Not to be confused with a trip planner, the app merely tracks the position of upcoming buses, which you can view by time or space (i.e. on a map). That's it. Nice and easy to use.

The app is a broader version of the Viva-specific one the company released last year and joins a host of similar products that service the Toronto area. Call it Rocket Radar for York Region. Using GPS information, users get real-time info about the status of their next ride. The price? 99 cents. That's probably worth forking out if it saves you even a few minutes waiting for a bus in the positively frigid weather north of Steeles Ave.

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Alwain / January 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm
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Thanks for the write up, much appreciated.
Ben Smith / January 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm
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I downloaded the Viva one for Android, and it was a waste. I figured it would simply streamline the data on Google Maps (since YRT has real time departure info via Google now), but it simply made stuff up.

Long story short, it was telling me that rush hour Viva branches were departing in 5 minutes... on a Sunday evening.
Martin / January 21, 2013 at 06:48 pm
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The app is a waste. It only shows when busses are scheduled to arrive not real time arrivals. Don't bother getting it.
Bob Taylor / March 4, 2014 at 06:24 pm
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DON'T USE YET IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO. They're idea of improvement is leaving people out in the cold on the 77 route because they're small buses are full. They're just cutting corners and making pathetic excuses why it takes fifty minutes to travel one block from Highway 7 & Creditstone over to Keele. Is this fair to the people? Avoid these thieves like the plague! TTC service is much better. At least they can fit everyone on the bus.

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