One of Android's strengths is that its built-in navigation software is top notch, but that doesn't mean we have to use it. There are alternatives that make it easier to discover new places and come up with ways to get between them more quickly. Transit isn't a replacement for Google Maps, but it's a nice tool to have in your belt when trying to get from point A to point B.

Transit1 Transit2 Transit3

While Google Maps no longer lets users to see multiple transit departure times in the latest update, Transit makes this its primary focus. It provides the four quickest ways to reach destinations utilizing multiple modes of transportation, and it allows users to save their favorite routes. That said, Transit isn't going to replace Google Maps for most users. It only supports 43 cities, and while I'm happy to see that Pittsburgh made the list, this app isn't going to help me much when it comes time to plan out a longer trip.

Transit4 Transit5

Here's the full list of cities:

  • New York City (NYC Subway*, MTA Buses*, NJ Transit, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, PATH, NICE, Staten Island Ferry)
  • Paris (RATP*, SNCF Transilien)
  • Mexico City (Metro, RTP, Metrobús, STE, Ferrocarriles Suburbanos)
  • Toronto (TTC*, GO Transit, YRT*, Brampton Transit, Hamilton Street Railway, Grand River Transit, Guelph Transit)
  • Montréal (STM, RTL, AMT*, STL*, autres CITs)
  • Chicago (CTA*, Metra, Pace)
  • Philadelphia (SEPTA*, NJ Transit, PATCO)
  • San Francisco (MUNI*, BART*, AC Transit*, VTA, samTrans, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, County Connection*)
  • Los Angeles (Metro*, Metrolink, RTA, OCTA, Burbank Bus, Torrance Transit)
  • Boston (MBTA*, Massport)
  • Vancouver (TransLink*, BC Rapid Transit Company, West Coast Express, False Creek Ferries)
  • Washington (Metro*, DC Circulator*, Arlington Transit*, Ride On*, Fairfax Connector)
  • Ottawa (OC Transpo*)
  • Atlanta (MARTA)
  • Seattle (Metro Transit*, Sound Transit*, Kingcounty Marine Division, City of Seattle*, Pierce Transit)
  • Miami (Miami-Dade Transit)
  • Baltimore (MdTA)
  • Portland (TriMet*)
  • San Diego (MTS, NCTD*)
  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul (Metro Transit*, MVTA, Plymouth*, Airport (MAC), SouthWest Transit*, University of Minnesota, Scott County Transit*)
  • Houston (METRO)
  • Calgary (Calgary Transit)
  • Honolulu (TheBus*)
  • Pittsburgh (Port Authority)
  • Dallas (DART)
  • Denver (RTD)
  • Milwaukee (MCTS)
  • Salt Lake City (UTA*)
  • St. Louis (Metro)
  • Austin (Capital Metro)
  • Kansas City (KCATA)
  • Winnipeg (Winnipeg Transit*)
  • Sacramento (Sacramento Regional Transit)
  • Québec (RTC)
  • Halifax (MetroTransit)
  • Saskatoon (Saskatoon Transit)
  • Thunder Bay (Thunder Bay Transit*)
  • Kelowna (BC Transit)
  • Squamish (BC Transit)
  • Victoria (BC Transit)
  • Whistler (BC Transit)
  • Kamloops (BC Transit)
  • Hampton (HRT)

Transit is already popular on iOS, and a great deal of care has gone into this port. I would not have guessed that this was not originally created for Android just by looking at it. If, unlike me, the bulk of your commuting consists of getting around town, give the app a try. It's free.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    Too bad LA isn't fully supported. I might give this a try otherwise. And, you know, also give LA public transit a try... eventually. Maybe. Probably not.

    Buses smell funny.

    • AH99

      Lived here in LA all my life, and never been on public transit. LMAO.

  • Les Thompson

    No Detroit?!?!

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      The city sold off mobile app support as part of its bankruptcy.

      Too soon?

  • Popester

    Anyone know if this app pulls in the GPS data (real-time location) from the bus service if it is available?

    Edit: looks like in the description it does.

  • MARK

    I really don't want to see news about inferior Apple apps now on Android.

  • MeCampbell30

    What is the asterisk?

    • Merri Mogridge

      According to the Play Store description: '* Uses real-time predictions for some or all routes.'

  • Junior

    I don't see it in the app store

    • Samsung Fanboy

      check the play store., you wont find any Android app in the app store.

  • Alo

    Lol. All the time, these apps are US only. It's like no other place exists. : /

    • GigiAUT

      Well this one seems to have Paris and Toronto as well.