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Good quality bus timetable app?

Postby Madbus » Fri May 18, 2018 10:53 am

Hi, I don't usually ride buses but I like spotting them every now and then and jot them down on a pad of paper. I'd like an app (preferably with fleet numbers) so I can schedule my bus spotting times. Does anybody know a good app for this on iOS?

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Re: Good quality bus timetable app?

Postby Skexis » Fri May 18, 2018 8:49 pm

I'd be surprised if one exists tbh as it would be an extremely specialised app with a miniscule market.
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Re: Good quality bus timetable app?

Postby Crispy! » Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:45 pm

If you’re after timetables MetroMATE is easy to use

For more advance features I recommend using NextThere for looking up vehicle fleet numbers if you want to ride a particular vehicle.
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Re: Good quality bus timetable app?

Postby jibb » Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:37 pm

Crispy! wrote:If you’re after timetables MetroMATE is easy to use

For more advance features I recommend using NextThere for looking up vehicle fleet numbers if you want to ride a particular vehicle.

Regrettfully NextThere is only available for Apple-not Android.
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Re: Good quality bus timetable app?

Postby Route 506 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:37 pm

Crispy! wrote:If you’re after timetables MetroMATE is easy to use

For more advance features I recommend using NextThere for looking up vehicle fleet numbers if you want to ride a particular vehicle.


Thanks for the suggestion! I have installed NextThere and it's a good app. Only issue I've found so far is that my bus was tracking as 1451 but 1849 actually showed up. This has happened 2 or 3 times but apart from that it's been pretty accurate and as for tracking times it has been great. It could well be some sort of rookie error on my part or needing to refresh it.

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Re: Good quality bus timetable app?

Postby TA3001 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:43 pm

It's common to see inaccurate vehicle IDs with realtime apps. It could be because the BCU hasn't been updated after a bus swap, and the RTI lists the vehicle that was previously on the shift as doing the run.

It tends to occur quite often at night when premium service is near mandatory and the old clapped out MAN bus is swapped for a perfectly built CB80, but can occur randomly like with what you mentioned.
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Re: Good quality bus timetable app?

Postby Route 506 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:50 pm

TA3001 wrote:It's common to see inaccurate vehicle IDs with realtime apps. It could be because the BCU hasn't been updated after a bus swap, and the RTI lists the vehicle that was previously on the shift as doing the run.

It tends to occur quite often at night when premium service is near mandatory and the old clapped out MAN bus is swapped for a perfectly built CB80, but can occur randomly like with what you mentioned.


Thanks for the confirmation. Glad to know I haven’t quite lost it yet 8)
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Re: Good quality bus timetable app?

Postby Madbus » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:04 am

Wow! I’ts a great App but I do not seem to see any fleet numbers.
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Re: Good quality bus timetable app?

Postby mmosca447 » Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:40 am

Madbus wrote:Wow! I’ts a great App but I do not seem to see any fleet numbers.


When you are on the screen for a particular service, click the 'i' button in the top right-hand corner and it should display the fleet number along with current speed. :)
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Re: Good quality bus timetable app?

Postby Madbus » Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:36 pm

hmm... Thats funny, it still dosen't seem to display the fleet number. I can see the bus speed but I cannot see the fleet number. :?
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Re: Good quality bus timetable app?

Postby Madbus » Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:48 pm

Don’t worry! I’ve fixed it.
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