We hear constantly that Ryerson is a commuter university – meaning that transit plays a huge part in our daily lives. If you’re not tracking your TTC streetcar or bus on your smartphone, downloading an app will prevent you from frustration when you’re late for work or class. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can stick to staring longingly down the street for your bus in the rain. We have three free TTC smartphone apps to help you plan ahead and leave the long waits behind.
Available for Android and Apple
This is probably the best looking app on the list and it’s the most popular, being available for Android and Apple. The app syncs to your location immediately, providing you nearby routes and the next available bus or streetcar. There is no refresh button, but the app is constantly updating. You’ll also have the option to look at the most recent schedule and display the route’s alternate direction. Transit App is will sync to over 40 major cities in North America. Aside from looking the best, the app may also be the easiest to use.
Available for Apple and Blackberry
The RocketMan design has improved greatly over its lifespan of nearly four years and it now seems more befitting of an iPhone experience. It’s also available for something called a Blackberry, but no one could be found for review information. RocketMan offers support for several major North American cities, but advertises itself as the No. 1 selling app in the Greater Toronto Area. It features a route map in addition to an up-to-the-minute nearby locator. If you live outside the city, RocketMan also supports GO Transit in addition to transit for Mississauga and Hamilton.
Transit Now Toronto
Available for Android
Transit Now Toronto is a local app at its best. The app was designed by a local Toronto student and it offers multiple ways to track or plan your transit route. The app can track arrival times of your bus or streetcar like all the others, but it offers some unique information to Toronto. There is a subway map, hours for each individual subway station and a stop finder that lets you specify with several criteria. The app isn’t the best looking of three, but if you want to support local tech development then Transit Now Toronto is a great option.