Moovit - App of the Month, April 2016

Posted: 
4 April 2016

Number one global app for public transportation. Peace of mind, in the palm of your hand

Introduction

Moovit is the number 1 local transit app in the world trusted by over 30 million riders across more than 800 cities. With the most robust and precise information of any public transit app, Moovit adds a new city every 24 hours.
Combining all your transit options together in a single app, Moovit gives you total control over your travels so you can finally enjoy peace of mind when riding public transportation. 
Because public transportation is always unpredictable, Moovit constantly updates as transit operators change schedules or alter service, so you don't end up at a station that is closed, or waiting for a bus that isn't coming.
  • Live Directions with Get Off Notifications guide you step-by-step in real time as you travel. Know exactly where you’re walking, how long (or should we say how short) you’re waiting, and how many stops are left. You can focus on anything you want while riding because Moovit will alert you when it’s time to get off--no need to constantly re-check whether yours is the next stop. 
  • Bike Share - For sunny days, days you don’t feel like walking, days when you feel like a little extra exercise & many other days
  • Real Time Arrival information (where available) lets you know when to be at the stop so you can spend your time doing something more valuable than sitting around and waiting
  • Global Coverage in over 750 cities means that when you travel, you will still be able to ride public transit like a local

Additional Features

  • The Favorites Screen lets you save locations and frequently used lines so that you get going with a single tap
  • The Widget gives you immediate access to your favorite lines & locations making checking public transportation as easy as checking the weather
  • Service Alerts keep you in the know so you don't end up waiting for a bus that isn't coming, or sitting on a train because of a delay that could have been avoided. When you save your favorite lines, Moovit sends you a message when there is an issue that would affect your travels
  • Live Ride tracks your ride & alerts you when you’re approaching, and when you arrive at your stop. So even when you know exactly where you’re going, your mind can indulge in a wandering day dream

What’s so great about “Moovit”

Moovit provides real-time journey planning and scheduled arrival times for busses and trains in over 100 cities worldwide.  Fully accessible with voiceover on iOS, or Talkback on Android, you can independently plan journeys, be alerted when to alight at your stop and get precise information on expected arrival times for your given journey.  The app is divided in to three sections:
The home tab lets you explore your nearby stops with an ETA time when travelling by foot.  Tapping on each stop brings up a route map with an overview of all departures and routes from the selected stop.
The favourites screen lets you bookmark your favourite journeys and stops, ensuring you can quickly pull up a journey with just a couple of taps.  You can also set home, work and other locations as well as view route maps and information for journeys you have undertaken.
 
My Ride lets you browse routes and set reminders/alerts for your destination.  Here, you can browse all transit lines from your current location, view route maps and set stop alerts.
All buttons and icons are clearly labelled, the developers are receptive to input from disabled users and continuous improvements to the usability and functionality of the app are highly anticipated.

Where do I get it?

Download: 
Price: Free

Platform:

Available for iOS and Android.  Above description for iOS variant.

User comments

This app is a welcome addition to an already well catered for area of the smartphone user experience.  Not only is the app free and fully accessible, it provides a comprehensive journey planning tool which is more functional (in some cases) to paid alternatives.  As a blind traveller who appreciates being independent, I count upon apps like this to assist me in getting about London.  This is an app with a global reach, so I am also happy to recommend it to friends overseas who can also benefit.  A very welcome addition to the traveller app market and from a developer who cares deeply about accessibility and inclusion.

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