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What's the best TTC app for Android and iPhone?

Posted by Staff / March 26, 2014

ttc appEarly next month we'll be launching a contest on this site to crown the best TTC app currently available for Android and iPhone users. To help us make sure we're including all the best apps for consideration we're opening up a nomination period starting...right now...and running through the end of this month.

Do you have a favourite transit app that helps you find the nearest ride on the TTC? Add it to the comments below or email us at ttc [at] blogto [dotcom] with your nomination(s).

Heads-up app developers! We're working with the TTC on this contest and there's going to be a killer prize for the winning app so make sure to let us know about your app by end of day March 31st if you want your app to be considered. Please note: for any app to be included in the contest it must be accessible to both Android and iPhone users.

Photo by Cameron MacMaster in the blogTO Flickr pool

Discussion

78 Comments

G / March 26, 2014 at 12:22 pm
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TTC Navigator
Ron / March 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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I've tried them all and so for, on an iPhone, I have very little to complain about when using Rocket Man. It's an excellent app, doesn't crash, and provides all the info I need in various different formats from countdown clocks to graphic maps. The only thing I wish it had was a configurable alert time to arrival, so that 1 or 5 or 10 minutes before it could buzz me to get my attention and remind me I have to leave to catch the damn bus :).

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/rocketman-transit-app/id421781409?mt=8
Ron / March 26, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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And then there's "MobileTTC - The Toronto TTC App" Described as "MobileTTC is the FASTEST and EASIEST app for getting around Boston using public transit"
Sameer Vasta / March 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm
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Ever since it was released a few years ago, the Transit app has gotten better and better. Best of all, it integrates with GO, Mississauga Transit, VIVA, and many of the other regional transit systems in the GTA. Was worth the money before, and now that it's free, it's even better. http://thetransitapp.com
Connor replying to a comment from Ron / March 26, 2014 at 12:50 pm
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I agree with Ron. I have absolutely no problems with Rocket Man. Its reliable, with a margin of error of only maybe 30 seconds. It uses your GPS and finds exactly what stop you're at, and what bus/streetcar you're probably waiting for. Clean and easy to read interface. Although I haven't used these features, the app also boasts connectivity with other transit systems all over North America, and a reminder alert feature. Very useful!
Astin / March 26, 2014 at 12:58 pm
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Just got the Transit app for iOS (featured app at the moment). Looks pretty comprehensive.
Conor / March 26, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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I was a big fan of Transit Now Toronto when I was living in the city. www.transitnowtoronto.com
Benedict / March 26, 2014 at 01:03 pm
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TTCWatch!
SSSasky / March 26, 2014 at 01:04 pm
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Here's another vote for "Transit". I've used a bunch of different apps, and Transit wins. Totally free, no ads, and it works just as well in a bunch of different cities. Love it.
Noah / March 26, 2014 at 01:05 pm
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Transit Now Toronto.
Perfect app. Use it err day.
Merr / March 26, 2014 at 01:20 pm
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Transit for Android all the way.
Paddy replying to a comment from Sameer Vasta / March 26, 2014 at 01:24 pm
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I second Transit.app, not only is it great for GTA but its great whenever I travel too
smc / March 26, 2014 at 01:41 pm
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Next TTC for iPhone. Very accurate and easy to use.
mb / March 26, 2014 at 01:46 pm
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Transit Now Toronto for Android is normally pretty on point.
shashavi / March 26, 2014 at 01:55 pm
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"Mooveit" is the app i use.

http://www.moovitapp.com/
toronto dude / March 26, 2014 at 02:06 pm
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Android - TTC Tracker rocks
poji / March 26, 2014 at 02:17 pm
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For me, Transit Now Toronto (http://www.transitnowtoronto.com/) is pretty much accurate for android phone.
Kandalose / March 26, 2014 at 02:19 pm
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Transit Oracle on Android is pretty awesome.
W. K. Lis / March 26, 2014 at 02:22 pm
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Look down the street to see if there is a bus or streetcar coming.

Seriously, each app has its merits. They get updated with improvements every so often that it changes.
Joel / March 26, 2014 at 02:39 pm
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Reasonably new app that I'm enjoying is Ototo
Kevin Lucas / March 26, 2014 at 02:41 pm
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Honourable mention to Google Now and/or Google Maps on Android.
Maria / March 26, 2014 at 02:55 pm
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The Where Is My Streetcar app works on iPhone, Android, BlackBerry as well as on desktop. It's browser based so anyone can access it, and for crappy old BlackBerry you can look at the html only.
And it's totally free!
http://whereismystreetcar.appspot.com
Gloria / March 26, 2014 at 03:05 pm
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Thumbs down to Transit App. It used to be my go-to, but I've been noticing more and more inaccuracies. It keeps missing buses. It's a great design and has nice features, but the accuracy is killer.
Mike / March 26, 2014 at 03:16 pm
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Google Maps primarily
Secondary is TTCWatch after I know the route I'm taking tonseenwhere streetcars and buses are on routes
Sam Davies / March 26, 2014 at 04:54 pm
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Looking forward to see the results for Android. Speaking of which - Will BlogTO ever have an Android app? Was mentioned to be in development in May 2012, and nothing but a waiting list since. Kinda lame...
Arman / March 26, 2014 at 05:12 pm
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Transit Oracle is fast and awesome
McKingford replying to a comment from Kandalose / March 26, 2014 at 05:48 pm
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I agree about Transit Oracle. I didn't really have any complaints with Transit Now Toronto, but the developer of Transit Oracle posted on Reddit when it first came out, so I tried it and the interface is just really really attractive.
Ibere / March 26, 2014 at 06:42 pm
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Although Rocketman's interface is quite confusing, it works well. That's the one I use.
Sarah / March 26, 2014 at 06:51 pm
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Transit App

http://thetransitapp.com/
Sadie / March 26, 2014 at 06:57 pm
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Another vote for TTCWatch
Jug City / March 26, 2014 at 07:01 pm
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blogTO, going and ruining our comfortable rides by letting the slow ones in on the joke. now the yokels getting on the packed streetcar will know there's another coming in 30 seconds and jank my seat.
Delina / March 26, 2014 at 07:09 pm
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TRANSIT!
Stewart / March 26, 2014 at 07:16 pm
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Rocket Man for iPhone
NobodyInParticular / March 26, 2014 at 07:19 pm
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Rocket Man
Kerry / March 26, 2014 at 07:38 pm
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Rocket Man, for iPhone. It's very reliable and accurate.
piero / March 26, 2014 at 07:48 pm
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RocketMan on Blackberry 10 phones is pretty good you OS Snobs!!
McRib / March 26, 2014 at 08:13 pm
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Rocket Man on android works fine for me.
S / March 26, 2014 at 08:33 pm
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I have NextTTC and RocketMan (on an Android) and I prefer the interface for NextTTC. They do say the exact same thing though, neither is "more accurate" than the other. Whatever makes it less accurate (like when your wait jumps from 10 minutes to 15 minutes) is issues with the actual bus... not the app.
Monse / March 26, 2014 at 08:40 pm
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Rocket Man
Dave / March 26, 2014 at 10:06 pm
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Oh for sure my front window. I look out it and if my car's in the driveway I know it's going to be ten times a better day than if I had to get on a 50 foot, germ infested, smelly, overcrowded petri dish and spend over twice as much time getting to work than if I just drove myself in comfort and style.
evan / March 26, 2014 at 10:11 pm
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My vote goes to Rocket Man. I used something else before but I've never looked back after switching. I love the favourites tab. The whole thing is responsive and effective.
Carly / March 27, 2014 at 12:38 am
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Rocket man on my iPhone. Though lately the 47 southbound isn't working. But northbound, I give myself three minutes to get my shoes on and make it to the corner and I never miss the bus.
Do any of them time subways or show route alerts??
keddie22 / March 27, 2014 at 08:02 am
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Rocket Man for iPhone. I had no problems - use it every day to get around Toronto
Charles / March 27, 2014 at 08:10 am
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Toronto Transit Now
CH / March 27, 2014 at 09:00 am
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Rocket Man hands down.
Sam / March 27, 2014 at 09:24 am
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Where is the Windows Phone love? There are some great TTC apps available for Windows Phone such as TTC Scout (http://www.windowsphone.com/en-ca/store/app/ttc-scout/4611ae24-1047-4ba7-bf0d-be5400008178) and many others!
Carla / March 27, 2014 at 11:14 am
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Rocket Man - very accurate and easy to use!
Matteo / March 27, 2014 at 11:40 am
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Android - TTC Tracker is so great.
Chris / March 27, 2014 at 11:58 am
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Rocket Man is awesome, and isn't only for Toronto. "Transit" isn't nearly as good.
David Simmons / March 27, 2014 at 12:37 pm
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Another vote for Toronto Transit Now
Ash replying to a comment from Gloria / March 27, 2014 at 01:59 pm
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Agreed with Gloria. It was my go to app until very recently. Just this morning I watched a bus that was predicted to arrive in 17 minutes, show up 3 minutes later. All this week the time estimated have been fluctuating a full 1-2 minutes (getting longer, not shorter) when I move from the Favourites screen to the Details screen. Annoying.
Kuroishi replying to a comment from Dave / March 27, 2014 at 02:00 pm
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are you some kind of idiot?
Dave / March 27, 2014 at 02:19 pm
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I like Next TTC. I use it on the Carelton and Queen street cars. It seems pretty reliable,
lucy / March 27, 2014 at 05:28 pm
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I use Rocket Man and Transit apps in conduction together - if rocket man could provide me with different routes to get to and from places, i would rely on that always. but for now, those are my top two! they are both great and keep getting better.
Agustina / March 27, 2014 at 08:02 pm
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Rocket Man for Iphone, it is very reliable and accurate like everyone says.
krouger / March 27, 2014 at 09:30 pm
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Rocketman is my pick by far! Boyfriend uses something else (not sure what) and it's always off and crashes. Rocketman is rarely off more than 30 seconds and has saved me countless hours waiting in the cold this winter for the streetcar (I live a 1 minute walk to the streetcar stop so now I just check when the car is 2 minutes away and off I go.)
Kirsten / March 28, 2014 at 01:21 pm
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Rocketman is great on the iPhone.
Lizzy / March 28, 2014 at 05:56 pm
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I vote for Transit. Great for across the GTA.
Pauline / March 28, 2014 at 06:31 pm
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Rocketman!
Kris / March 29, 2014 at 10:23 pm
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RocketMan!!!
Sami / March 30, 2014 at 01:25 pm
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Rocket man is the best by far
Sami / March 30, 2014 at 02:17 pm
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I have tried over 5 transit Apps, RocketMan is what I use now everyday. I commute from Mississauga, RocketMan has Mississauga go and ttc which I need. Alerts and reminders are handy. App has bixi locations and available on iPhone, Andriod and bb

Jug City / March 30, 2014 at 03:32 pm
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Watch out for Lucy, she's using conduction!
Andrea / March 30, 2014 at 04:22 pm
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I had an iPhone, switched to android, and then back to iPhone again. On my iPhone I was using RocketMan and was quite frustrated when I switched to Android because I still had to wait a while for RocketMan to release the Android version of their app. I had to alternate between two to three apps for android to get more or less accurate results. RocketMan has been a godsend for me.
Athar / March 30, 2014 at 04:23 pm
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Rocketman
pgg / March 30, 2014 at 04:30 pm
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Rocketman for BlackBerry 10 is awesome. Native app packed with features. I can't comment on iOS, but since BlackBerry 10 devices can run Android apps, I can say for sure that Rocketman is better than any other app for Android.
cdnjay / March 30, 2014 at 05:22 pm
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Rocketman has save me a many head aches
William / March 30, 2014 at 06:30 pm
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I used multiple apps before and Transit Oracle is by far the best. It's faster than any of the transit app out there and their bookmarking feature for direction is very useful.
Thomas Cardin / March 30, 2014 at 07:38 pm
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Rocketman
Nandor / March 30, 2014 at 10:19 pm
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Rocketman for sure very reliable to the minute
Ali / March 31, 2014 at 01:00 am
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RocketMan by far is the best Transit App. So Accurate
DA / March 31, 2014 at 01:04 am
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RocketMan is the best App I've Tried. Excellent
DAnonymous / March 31, 2014 at 09:10 am
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Rocketman by far.
Yasmine / March 31, 2014 at 11:19 am
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RocketMan for Sure !
Joseph / March 31, 2014 at 02:03 pm
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"Rocket is Late" for Android
Yipyip / April 1, 2014 at 10:59 am
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One more for Transit Now Toronto on Android
jon replying to a comment from Ron / April 4, 2014 at 08:37 am
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it does have that
Barb / July 7, 2014 at 03:20 pm
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Moovit has everything I need from bus, subway, train times in Toronto and in over 200 cities around the world, which is great for when I travel. It gives you real-time info, best routes, directions and tells you when to get off! (something that costs money in other apps)
Plus it's free.

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