Top Android App: BART Rider
Bart Rider is a must have app for anyone located in the Bay Area who rides BART. Now when traveling on BART you can quickly get real-time updates for each station. Since you’ll know when your train will arrive at the station, you won’t waste time sitting around.
Application: BART Rider
Overall Score: 4.5/5
User Interface: 4.5/5
Ease of Use: 4.5/5
* Disclaimer: This app review is targeted for Android users based in the Bay Area.
The app is built for easy use and functionality. The home page has three options: Find Nearest Station (which uses your current GPS location), System Map, and Select Station.
If you’re looking to hop on BART but aren’t quite sure where the closest station is, the “Find Nearest Station” will definitely help you out.
If you’ve found a station and need to determine which train you need to catch to get to your destination, the System Map is your answer. The map also includes information about transfer stations and the like to help you if you’re new to BART.
Lastly, my most often used part of this app is the “Select Station.” With this page you choose a station and it will return real-time results of when the next trains will be arriving. Since some trains only run every 20 minutes or so, now you won’t have to go in the station early and waste time waiting.
You also have 4 more options after you select a particular station. You can favorite the station for easy access later (great if you are always leaving from one station), look for BART advisories like delays, check the map (in Google maps) to see your surroundings, or refresh to get the latest information.
The one addition to this app that would raise its rating and make it even more useful would be a trip planner. With a trip planner you could put in your starting and ending location and get information about trip length, cost of the trip, departure and arrival times, etc. Right now the app is great for when your train will arrive but doesn’t give you much more information than that. Hopefully a trip planner will be added in the future.
If you live in the Bay Area and use BART, try BART Rider to make your trip easier.
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