Get on the bus: Transit’s mobile app is now free

I’ve never used the Maps app in iOS 6. Not even once. Because, like so many other city-dwellers, I rely on public transit and iOS 6 Maps doesn’t provide any support for public transit directions. At all. (Currently, all it is capable of doing is suggesting other apps that can provide you with this information such as Google Maps and HopStop). Which means that Maps is moot when it came to performing tasks I really need.

Fortunately, Transit made it a little easier to travel home today when it announced that the new price for its mobile app would be free. Transit, which provides information on public transit schedules for 37 major cities, formerly charged $0.99 for the app (and up to $4.99 a year to access all of the features such as offline access).

The app works for multiple transit options across cities including New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. to provide schedules and itineraries for nearby routes, a trip planner that will suggest up to four speedy ways to reach your destination, and supports offline access (in case you can’t get cell service underground). Designed in a fluid, intuitive way, Transit shows straightforward and color-coded information on the departure times of public transit vehicles near you, as well as a mapping feature that will help you reach your destination via public transit.

The price change, which is intended to widen the apps audience, should help to make Transit one more app in an arsenal of public transit apps that are attempting to provide comprehensive information to commuters. The 2.0 version of the app announced today also adds an improved schedule popover, a new sorting order in the Nearby mode, a new setting for the Transit Modes that allow you to disable particular modes (within a transit agency), and real-time vehicle locations (where available).

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