The official Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) app has arrived. It’s the easiest way to plan your trip and get accurate real time train departures with data straight from BART, along with official service alerts.
The BART app offers exclusive features for hassle free travel for daily commuters, infrequent users and tourists alike:
-Plan your entire end to end trip with BART’s exclusive Trip Planner giving you the fastest route from your starting point to your destination using BART and multiple modes of transportation, including connecting transit, biking, walking and driving.
-Step by step navigation with personalized preferences and saved favorite stations and trips.
-Real time departures and schedule timetable.
- Pay for parking - Early Bird Express and Carpool Parking
-Service disruption information linked to your trip itinerary.
-Report a Biohazard that needs addressing and access our BART Watch App for reporting crimes.
-Escalator and Elevator advisories.
-Easily see the last train of the evening by station when you’re planning your night out or your trip home from the airport.
-Station information (including if it offers a parking lot and secured bike parking).
-Seamless connection to bart.gov and BARTable for deals, events, and fun.
-It’s ad free; who wants to be distracted when looking how far away your train is?
BART is already working on future features of the app like being able to pay for parking, carpool registration and push notifications if service disruptions will affect the BART line you use. Tell us about the features you want.
This new build includes the launch of the new Carpool to BART Program being rolled out to stations this year. It allows riders to pay for carpool parking through the app. It removes the hassle of paying with cash and provides the benefit of being able to park in the permit section of lots. Daily fee parking payment through the app is still in development and will be rolled out in the future.
Ratings and Reviews
Tries to be multiple features, doesn’t implement well for any
This app appears to be an attempt at merging several different apps that address different issues: Schedule, Live ETA of train arrivals, hazards reporting, and advisories/outages. It’s a good initiative but it experiences issues on all of those attempts.
The scheduler and live ETA don’t work well after midnight but BART has trains up to an hour past midnight, so it is rough there. It also only provides ETA down to minutes while other apps like BARTPro provide updates down to seconds and are also hooked to the BART API for accuracy.
Advisory and outages are okay, it’s about 80% accurate for reporting escalator outages, but not perfect.
Hazards reporting is the worst, I have received no confirmation or replies each time I’ve reporting incidents from finding people taking residence in elevators to exposed injectable needles lying on seats. At least you would get a confirmation and often a live response back from a person when reporting via BART Watch app, so I’m not sure if my reports are going through.
All in all, it’s a good initiative but the app is mostly not usable compared to other more reliable apps at this time for the different features.
Needs improvement: No Station to station list in trip planner
In the “Plan Trip” menu, this app needs an alphabetical list of stations to automatically appear as choices under the search bubble. The webpage app used to do something similar to this. I don’t want to type into the search bar and have to frantically guess at the correct name of the station that I want to depart from or arrive at, but I can always easily find it in a list.
The trip planner would be way easier and more efficient if I could just look at the standard BART route map and pick a starting station and a destination station from it before anything else.
Also, when trip results come up, I see that connected bus route numbers/letters are immediately visible but if I want to know what BART route it is I have to click to see another screen. Shouldn’t the name of the BART route show up on the first screen the same as the bus numbers?
Developer Response ,
We have now added a simple drop down, listing each station in alphabetical order for easy station to station trip planning. Only BART trips will be shown when planning these trips. Or if you want to enter a starting address and destination address but only want BART trips you can turn off the other transit providers in the "options" feature on the trip planner.
too complicated ... BART essentials should be default
It’s great the developers want to cover all bases, but the default for a BART app should be BART only trips ... station to station with drop down menus to choose the station; times between trains for transfers, notification for alerts, etc. Making this the default will aid usability for those of us that want simple BART leave and arrive times; users who want more complicated trips can choose what they want covered in a connectind link. Doing this will also mean that users who just want BART only don’t have to sign up in order to get easily available results. An all things to all people home page is not a good design option for a BART official app.
Also, this app is vertical only on the ipad; I’m hoping the developers will find that an easy fix and go ahead and fix it right away.
Developer Response ,
January 2019 Update: we now have the simple station to station search with a drop down list of the all stations to select from.
The app also allows you to quickly pull from favorite stations or recent trips.
- San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
- 54.2 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2019 San Fransisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.