Transit Now Toronto for Android makes it easier to catch that elusive streetcar

Daniel Bader

May 29, 2012 6:03pm


My current home is in Toronto and as an Android user and occasionally frustrated TTC patron, it was incumbent upon me to find a tool that increased the likelihood of making that elusive streetcar or bus.

Transit Now Toronto is the best example of an Android app that covers most of the bases for a TTC app. It finds a GPS signal quickly, is able to track both streetcars and buses to the minute, and while it doesn’t have the prettiest interface, is by far the most usable of the few TTC apps I tried. It’s also made by a single person, and the $1.99 Plus version goes a long way to ensuring continued development of an excellent app. This is a win-win in my books.

There are many ways to find your way: you can select your stop manually to find the GPS location, check nearby stops using your GPS location, enter the six-digit stop code, find it on a map, or pull up a list of your favourite stops. Once entered there is the option of setting a timer, so if you’re inside a Tim Hortons to get out of the rain or snow, you can get an alert a few minutes before you have to leave.

One of my favourite features is “There Yet?” which sets a timer to your destination stop. You can then promptly fall asleep and be buzzed when your location is coming up.

There are numerous visual and notification tweaks to add to the experience, though I’d love to see the app redesigned according to the Android 4.0 Holo guidelines.

Most of the features are available in the free version, but we’d recommend springing the $1.99 for the Plus version.

  • Matt

    I use this app all the time. I love it. its saved my butt on more than occassion. i should definitely get the plus version.

    • RBCRIMM

      “Transit Now Toronto for Android makes it easier to catch that elusive streetcar”

      Does it call a taxi for you?

  • Kevin

    This is one of my most used apps. Haven’t carried an umbrella on rainy days since I got this as my place is 4 houses from the bus.

    Got this app now I track bus, walk out and bus is there!

  • Reggie Noble

    This is definitely in my top 5 list of apps that I use on Android. Saved my butt numerous times.

  • Geek with Kids

    I will check it out.
    I’m currently using Toronto Transit Tracker.

  • OgtheDim

    Even with an app, the buses still hunt in packs.

  • Mark

    Now you can tell when your douchebag bus driver is idling away from your stop at the station when its -10 outside!

  • MG

    Love this app. I use it all the time. It’s almost always spot-on accurate (although it did lie to me the other day… But that was a minor inaccuracy).
    I just wish there was a way to know what the last stop for a streetcar/bus is… All those short turns are frustrating.

  • Zohaib

    I haven’t tried this but I have been using Next Bus for the past few weeks and its been pretty accurate for me.

  • SAM

    AS AM ANDROID USER???!!
    DONT YOU MEAN AS A IGARBAGE APPLE FANATIC!!

  • Puleen Patel

    The Next TTC app is much more elegant IMHO.

  • AllanVS

    TTC still refuses to give time tables for the York University bus stop for route #60 … so I have to check times that are 4 min on either ‘side’ of the stop, and THAT isn’t accurate, as often buses will get to the previous stop, and go out of service or, pull in and wait on the bottom of the “P” shaped commons road.

  • fred

    Great app! Good call on the recommendation!

  • new_tradition

    I’ve been late quite often truth be told. I look at the times on the ttc website before I leave home, but no matter how much a calculate, I always seem to *just* miss the bus or end up too early for it anyways. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve skipped breakfast to get to work/school on time, only for it to be in vain D:

    Guess it won’t hurt to try this app *shrugs*

  • Zooey Stadnyk

    Thanks for posting this review, otherwise I would not have seen this great app (I rarely check the market for apps)!

    I’ve been using other apps like NexTTC, and I find this one a lot better, simply b/c it has a ton more features, like the timer. I love setting the timer at home and the human voice will announce how much time I have left to catch the bus. Bought the paid version.

  • Phil

    This app is excellent and definitely deserves praise. I tried two other popular ttc apps before settling on this one. The dev is active and updates keep coming.

  • Joey

    That “are you there yet” feature is really useful. Now I can text the predicted arrival at some destination to my friends. They know when I will arrive at my stop, pretty letting them know im running late :P

    Great app!

  • Mobile Nerdy

    I don’t like this