The Transit App for iPhone updates with step-by-step directions, itineraries, and more

The Transit App for iPhone updates with step-by-step directions, itineraries, and more

The Transit App has updated to version 1.5 and now features a revamped search interface, step-by-step directions, itineraries list to enable quick comparisons between routes, improved directions, and more.

Originally intended as a bus, train, and metro/subway route finder, when iOS 6 Maps launched without transit directions but with a handoff to transit apps in the App Store, the Transit App quickly came under pressure to better fill Apple's void by including features like trip planning. Developers Sam Vermette and Guillaume Campagna have done a great job keeping the app simple, elegant, and easy to use while increasing its feature set and functionality.

The interface is likewise still gorgeous. One of the first to adopt a little of the flat color, typography-centric Metro aesthetic on iOS, they've kept the balance of easy to find and tap buttons and quick-to-access gesture shortcuts. (for more on the design of The Transit App, check out Sam Vermette on the Iterate podcast).

The Transit App now supports 80 agencies across 28 cities, including Montreal, Toronto, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Vancouver, Washington DC, and Philadelphia.

It's free to use, but if you subscribe to the service you get unlimited nearby routes, offline data caching, and multiple trip-planning options. Subscription options include $0.99 for a month, $2.99 for 6 months, and $4.99 for a year.

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Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, Vector, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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