First Look: Toronto Transit Views within Apple Maps in iOS 9


When Apple announced Transit view for Maps in iOS 9 yesterday, the only Canadian launch city listed was Toronto, which again propped up the city as ‘the centre of the universe,’ to those living elsewhere.

According to Apple, “Transit view shows you lines and stations right on the map. When you plan a route, every step of your trip is laid out from point A to point B.”

Below are a few first look views of what Transit views look like for Toronto within Maps in iOS 9. The addition of a ‘Transit’ tab now appears after Drive and Walk for method of travel. When ‘More Routes’ is tapped, other options appear that can be selected:

Apple maps toronto transit 2 Apple maps toronto transit 4

During the WWDC keynote, Apple also noted Transit details would also show entrances and exits for stations too, so you can plan your trip better:

Apple maps toronto transit Apple maps toronto transit 3

As you can see from the images above, transit details are pretty clear and straightforward. However, since Toronto is the only Canadian city at launch, surely this won’t replace popular third party apps such as the Transit App.

Are you excited to get Transit views in Maps when iOS 9 rolls out this fall? Or will you be sticking to something like Google Maps or others?


  • Colin

    I think they’re two different things. Maps looks more like a trip planner (how to get there), while Transit App uses GPS data to tell me when the next streetcar is coming. I see using them both.

  • MrXax

    I like that you can see the stops along the route. We’ll see. Maps has been a disaster so far, and falls far short of the standard set by Google Maps.

  • aaloo

    that transit app is ripe for acquisition. Not sure why apple isn’t/couldn’t buy them. they are already in way more cities. probably better money spent than beats 🙂

  • Yeah I think it’s only a matter of time.

  • As much as I’d like to see Apple Maps to succeed, I haven’t used it in years. It’s stored away in my Apple junk apps folder. Google Maps has too much of a head start.

  • I can see that. Transit App is pretty darn cool.

  • FragilityG4

    I haven’t touched google maps in years! But in our discussions we’ve had before on this topic it appears Vancouvers version is riddled with problems compared to that of the version for the centre of the universe ????

  • chikaraginger

    To be fair, Vancouver was the first Canadian city to have transit directions on Google maps… now it’s Toronto’s turn.