Transit App

bluespark

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Any updates/rumors on the new Apple Watch app that goes with the Transit iPhone app? The prior AW app was discontinued months ago. At the time, the Transit developers insisted they were working on a new/better app for the AW, but we haven't seen it yet.

Also, if any app developers are looking for a project, there is a huge need for a simple, clean app that tracks upcoming train/bus times on the user's favorite lines. The prior Transit app had the requisite simplicity (and was hugely useful), but was very slow to update and often failed to update altogether. If there were an app that provided this information quickly and accurately, it would be a godsend to many of us. A complication that shows the next arriving train/bus on a single user-selected line (or, even better, one in the morning and one in the evening) would be a nice addition as well.
 
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bluespark

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citymapper

but no complication
Citymapper doesn’t do it, though. It’s designed to provide transit directions, and I find the interface too busy to work well on the watch. What I’m looking for is what Transit did: a simple interface that shows real-time arrival times for favorite transit lines, and basically nothing else. After all, I live in a city. I know how to get where I want to go; I just need to know when the next trains/busses are coming.

Note to Mods: I tried to post this thread in the Apple Watch Apps board. Please feel free to move it there.
 

ddelmonte

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Any updates/rumors on the new Apple Watch app that goes with the Transit iPhone app? The prior AW app was discontinued months ago. At the time, the Transit developers insisted they were working on a new/better app for the AW, but we haven't seen it yet.

Also, if any app developers are looking for a project, there is a huge need for a simple, clean app that tracks upcoming train/bus times on the user's favorite lines. The prior Transit app had the requisite simplicity (and was hugely useful), but was very slow to update and often failed to update altogether. If there were an app that provided this information quickly and accurately, it would be a godsend to many of us. A complication that shows the next arriving train/bus on a single user-selected line (or, even better, one in the morning and one in the evening) would be a nice addition as well.
[doublepost=1525495861][/doublepost]I wrote TransitDC for the Washington DC area:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/transitdc/id976849007?mt=8
 

waw74

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Citymapper doesn’t do it, though. It’s designed to provide transit directions, and I find the interface too busy to work well on the watch.
but it does do it though
at least in NYC

on the main screen scroll down, below the direction part
hit the type of transit you're looking for (subway, bus, whatever)
it pops up the closest stop with times (and and a small map of it)
you can swipe to access up to 5 stations.

no need to get directions
 

bluespark

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but it does do it though
at least in NYC

on the main screen scroll down, below the direction part
hit the type of transit you're looking for (subway, bus, whatever)
it pops up the closest stop with times (and and a small map of it)
you can swipe to access up to 5 stations.

no need to get directions
That's a lot of swiping and extra stuff. I realize that would have utility to some people, so I'm not anti-Citymapper. I'm simply suggesting that there is a real unfilled need for an app that simply and clearly shows *favorite* (not nearest) transit stops with arrival times, the way Transit used to do, no scrolling or tapping required. To me, that quick access to information is what the Watch is all about.
 

bluespark

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Re-upping my own thread because I just learned that the Transit Apple Watch app is back! It's different from the original in that it's dedicated to showing nearest stops, but I still really like it because it does so cleanly and with *zero* clicking once you're in the app. It also comes with a complication to get you into the app quickly, and it's very fast. I can open up the app and pretty much immediately know what busses/trains are nearby.

Transit developers, thank you! But now that I (maybe) have your attention, please think about a hard-press toggle between showing nearest stops and favorite stops.