Thursday May 03, 2012
The free new app will run on Android devices running Android 2.1 and up and on the iPhone and iPad, iOS 3.1 and up. Software updates are planned to include the Expo Line and Orange Line Extension when they open. Full feature description and screen shots of the app can be seen on metro.net
iPhone: Nearby feature showing bus stops and rail stations, Preferences
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Built from the ground-up for its second release, the new app is chock full of online and offline features that will help riders find nearby transit stops, plan transit trips, view maps and receive transit and freeway service advisory information. Customer feedback from Metro's first iPhone app was used to design and develop this new version of the app.
The app can quickly access a transit rider's location via his or her phone's GPS. The app will then show the closest bus and rail stops within 100, 300 or 500 feet of the user's current location, depending on their preference. Users can then tap a transit stop on their map and the app will show them Nextrip real-time bus arrival information if they are using cellular or Wi-Fi network. Those without cellular network connection or Wi-Fi will receive a list of scheduled arrival times. Metro anticipates that Nextrip real-time rail arrival times will be available later this year.
"This new app puts all of our agency's transit trip information in the palm of your hand, making the experience of taking transit more seamless than ever for our customers," said Matt Raymond, Chief Communications Officer for Metro. "The app's functionality raises the standard for transit apps in our industry. I'm confident its ease-of-use will draw more and more people looking for car-free transportation alternatives to the Metro system."
Metro's Trip Planner is integrated into the new app, allowing riders to plan a trip from their location. Users can also "favorite" transit itineraries within the app. Users can save a transit line, bus stop/train station, map or itinerary for faster access and can later edit or remove their favorites list in the app settings.
Users can download up to 170 different maps of bus and train routes, bike and connection maps will be added later in an update. Once a map is downloaded, it can be used without an Internet connection - a feature particularly useful when riding the underground Metro Red/Purple Line subway. If a downloaded map has been updated by Metro, the app will send the user an alert so they can re-download the map within the app.
Lastly, Metro Bus and rail service alerts, planned advisories, road closures, destination discounts, fare information, customer center locations and lost & found info are also integrated in the app. All alerts can be turned on or off within the app's preferences depending on what the user desires to receive.
"Go Metro Los Angeles - v2" was developed by Axiom xCell for Metro.
Metro welcomes public feedback and comments to make app improvements. Please use our online feedback form. Users can also use the app to email Metro's development team with any bugs they find with the "More" section.
iPhone: Nextrip bus arrivals and schedules arrivals
Android: Nearby feature showing bus stops and rail stations,
Android: Trip Planner integration, News and Alerts