“Where’s my MBTA Bus?” is an app for Massachusetts transit riders who want to know exactly where their bus is and when it will arrive. It can help riders decide if they need to rush or can restfully finish their morning coffee.
- Universal app; supports iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch
- Real-time arrival predictions for ALL MBTA bus stops
- Real-time bus locations for ALL MBTA routes
- View official MBTA Alerts
- Guided navigation to help riders find their stops
- View entire route path with all stops on the map
- Save stops as Favorites to ensure quick access at any time
- Quick access to predictions for the last viewed stop
- Automatic refreshing of predictions and bus locations
This app relies on MBTA partnership with NextBus inc, to provide real-time bus arrival predictions. Data is provided by NextBus using MBTA raw data. Using their special formula, NextBus is able to provide not only bus locations, but arrival predictions for every single bus stop. The app provides a pre-filled template to report problems, letting riders send feedback and improve the accuracy of predictions.
This App requires an Internet connection (3G, 4G, LTE or WiFi) to get access to real-time data.
Updated to be compatible with the latest iOS versions.
Ratings and Reviews
Sudden problems with the app
I’ve been using this app for 5 years and it has served me well. I’m sorry to have to write a poor review, but the in-all error reporting is not functioning. The time predictions seem to be accurate in the last 24 hours. But the GPS is not working at all. It shows locations that are inaccurate or no predictions at all, even when a bus is coming. Examples: last night on the 47, showed no predictions even though a bus was on its way. Today, gave a prediction of 3 minutes on the 64, which turned out to be correct. But the GPS showed the bus stuck in Union Square Allston, which is more than 10 minutes away. Tried to email about these problem but it said “email failed”. Please fix this app because I depend on it!
Glorified bus schedule
This app disappointed in that it cost me a dollar to have a worse experience than the free apps. It’s basically a gloried bus schedule that required you to click down 10 levels to get the information you want.
I found it too cumbersome to manage (other apps show you the nearest buses and how far away they are without any clicks). Also, this app seems to require previous knowledge of what bus you want, so you need to manually enter the bus line to see where it is.
I did not use this app long enough to see if the upcoming bus times were accurate.
This has served well ever since the MBTA rolled out bus tracking. The interface is relatively clean and predictable. Two elements I wish it had:
1) an easier way to display all the buses on a given route—you can’t access this from a favorite/bookmark, but have to select the route from the home screen, which involves several taps too many for checking ahead (you don’t always want the very next bus, and seeing where everything is helpful for assessing if there may be more delays than indicated by countdowns)
2) link to bus schedules for future planning
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.