In the not-too-distant past, if you wanted to figure out when the bus was coming, you had to carry a paper schedule. Now we have smartphones. Thanks to the combination of the third-party software development kit for iPhones and open data feeds from transit agencies, developers across the world have created unique and functional transit applications for the iPhone. These apps range from the highly useful schedule information and bus tracking to the more playful, including an app that wakes you before your transit stop. Blackberry and Android developers are in on the game as well, and we hope to see more apps developed for St. Louis for these platforms.
Here’s where our St. Louis transit riders come in: We want your reviews of St. Louis transit apps. You are on the system riding … how do you rate the transit apps available for St. Louis?
1. Review according to ease of use, functionality, accuracy, and overall look.
2. Rate each app on a five-star rating index.
3. Give suggestions for improvements or better use.
Find apps in your city:
If you are interested in developing an app for St. Louis transit, Metro’s open data feed can be found on the GTFS Data Exchange.
UPDATE: Send reviews via email to email@example.com or leave in comments by February 1, 2010.