The Transit App: Free Bus Route Info for Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City and More

The Transit app is a creation out of Montreal and offers elegant bus route info for Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City. It’s a free download that utilizes your location to bring you full bus schedules including routes and departure times.

The app uses live data from the GTFS Data Exchange, so any transit agency listed here can be supported in the app, which the company plans to implement eventually.

Transit agencies currently supported:

STM, RTL, STL, AMT (trains)
AMT Express Bus, Ville de Sainte-Julie, MRC les Moulins, MRC de Deux-Montagnes, MRC de L’Assomption, CIT Valle?e-du-Richelieu, CIT Sud-ouest, CIT Sorel-Varennes, CIT Roussillon, CIT Le Richelain, CRT Lanaudie?re, CIT La Presqu’i?le, CIT des Laurentides, CIT du Haut-Saint-Laurent, CIT Chambly-Richelieu-Carignan

TTC, GO Transit, YRT
Guelph Transit, Hamilton Street Railway, Grand River Transit

Quebec City

We spoke with the Transit App team, and they told us support for Eastern Canada in cities such as Halifax, Ottawa, Fredericton will be here in the coming weeks, then they will move west to Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver in the following month or two. After that, they will target cities in the U.S.

I wasn’t able to fully test the app as Vancouver is not currently supported yet, but the design and layout of the app is reminiscent of other elegant looking apps such as Tweetbot.

The team also plans to provide transit directions when iOS 6 hits this Fall and hopes Apple will support and feature their app as an ‘early adopter’. Apple told us at WWDC they want transit data to be supported via developers in iOS 6. With an app that looks this good, I’m pretty sure they won’t have a problem getting noticed.

The Transit app is free, but has in-app subscription purchases if you want more features. Subscriptions ($0.99/1 month, $2.99/6 months, $4.99/1 year) receive offline data and all routes within a 1.5KM radius. The free version only provides online data with info on your three closest routes. The choice is yours.

Update 1: Here are a few more pics (thanks Andre!):



Click here to download The Transit App–it’s free. Let us know what you think!

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  • Daniel

    Subscription based? FAIL

  • PhotoGreekVM

    Seems to work well for MTL. Displays routes and schedule times of buses closest to your location.

  • Did you see the free version?

  • it is pretty simple, which is a good thing. while it gives you times of arrival, and shows you the rout on your a map, it doesn’t show you the position of the bus or street car, like Rocket man. Saying that, it is fast, and because of the interface pretty clear on the direction of travel. So what it offers for free its good and quick. But should you use it instead of rocket man or other apps? Not sure yet. As for the subscription, for what I used it for you don’t need to pay for it at all, if you are planning a trip however you should use something else or pay for it. I am in Toronto by the way so it works great here. I can see this being used when it late and you have had a bit to much of a good time. The buttons are huge and bright.

  • SlyRobber

    Subscription base mega-fail!!!!!!