Veteran blogger, Ryan Sigworth, Praises NextBus Among 4 iPhone Apps Tested
Sigworth, famous for his Greater Greater Washington blog frequently examines public transit related issues in the metropolitan DC area. As a frequent user of public transit, he has a genuine interest in uncovering the best tools to make his daily travels as effortless as possible–Both in Washington DC and in the nearby Baltimore area.
Technically, as Sigworth notes, the NextBus by Cubic application is not an app written for the iPhone. Rather, it is the mobile version of the standard NextBus website. But, it functions very much like a dedicated app and can be brought to use easily bite simply adding it to your home screen.
The DC blogger preferred the NextBus by Cubic application over iCommuteDC Lite (which had created a now defunct NextBus app), indicating:
"NextBus by Cubic has a simpler, more readable format, using the whole screen to display the bus routes nearest you. Once you select a route and desired direction, the app opens up a map with the real-time location of each bus along that route, something none of the other apps do."
Another important benefit to the NextBus by Cubic application is its ability to provide alerts to current problems or delays with each transit provider. In addition it works in communities nearby the DC Metro area, providing bus information on the Charm City Circulator, College town Shuttle, JHMI shuttle, and the University of Maryland shuttle buses.
Although Sigworth found value in each of the apps he tested, he concluded that:
"Especially for experienced riders, NextBus by Cubic is hard to beat for usability. Its text-based interface is easy to read, quick to filter information for all operators, and offers more bus systems than the other apps. It also sometimes returned predictions when the others did not."
It is certainly gratifying to learn that an outspoken blogger and veteran public transit rider found so much value in the NextBus by Cubic application.