MTA Bus Time uses Global Positioning System (GPS) hardware and wireless communications technology to track the real-time location of MTA buses in New York City. This innovation lets you use your computer, cell phone, smartphone or other tech device to get information about when the next bus will arrive at your stop, even if you are still at home, the office, shopping, or dining.

What’s New

Version 1.2.4

We realized the map had stopped working, and we have implemented a fix. Thanks for your patience!

Ratings and Reviews

2.6 out of 5
362 Ratings

362 Ratings

Kat634 ,

Very useful but buggy

I rely on this app every day. It has saved me a lot of time and frustration and is more accurate than "Transit", which seems to only know what ought to be happening, rather than what is. My main complaint about MTA Bus Time is that it periodically locks up while showing an error message that the internet connection is faulty. It never gets working again once it is stuck on this error. The only way to get it functioning again is to delete it and download it again. I have had to do this at least five times in the past 6-8 months.

Nicky.kleess ,

Great app for a trash service

This app is essential for bus travel in New York. Compared to the service itself, this app would be like 25 stars compared to the 1 that is the service itself. Don’t get me wrong, it has its benefits, but the MTA service is a very flawed one. The MTA has five problems: there aren’t enough busses, some busses run late / they run on a different schedule, they’re never clean (seriously one bus I was on smelt like someone’s sphincter exploded all over the floor!), some drivers have a serious attitude problem (this one is rare but it depends on your bus), and this service is way too expensive for what you get in return ($2.75 per ride really piles up over time). If you don’t have the app, get it. The only issues I have are that sometimes the time will be inaccurate for a bus while the distance is accurate and sometimes a bus won’t be marked on the map. Seriously, GET IT.

tcs3600 ,

Essential for NYC bus riders

This app gives the distance and approximate time until arrival for any bus stop. It's fast and accurate (except for the few buses with broken GPS). The arrival time is adjusted for traffic conditions. You can search for nearby stops, add from a map, or search for text, and you can save favorite stops. I use this every day and it has never crashed.

Room for improvement: the bus stop names should signify the direction of travel so you don't have to use trial and error to find the one you need. Also, I have the same problem as another reviewer with the map jumping around when zooming.


MTA/New York City Transit
27.3 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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