Muni+ App is kind of a minus
While looking for the latest rerun of Law and Order, I happened upon a TV spot for SFMTA’s Muni app, Muni +. Minutes later I was downloading it, hoping that it would be at least decent compared to what I currently use (Routesy and Maps on iPhone). SFMTA contracted app developers Sky Highways to create the app, which is available for both iPhone and Android.
I don’t want to seem like I drink a big cup of haterade every morning, but my attempt at using the Muni+ app to map my morning commute was nothing but frustrating.
The user interface for Muni+ is crowded and looks a bit too much like the old SFMTA website. It took me a few minutes to realize that the map on the app’s homepage is not just a graphic—you are actually supposed to pin your location on the map. But when I try to see when the 2-Clement was arriving near my house, the app prompted me to choose a stop location instead of using the current location already pinned on the map.
No matter, I figured I would try to plan a trip from my house to the Financial District (which can be reached via the 1-California, 2-Clement, or 3-Jackson near my neighborhood). If you don’t click around on the app randomly, you probably wouldn’t notice the icon for trip planning (the arrow with a green dot and a blue dot on each end). Trying to set the beginning and end locations on the map was frustrating because the map was so crowded that you could not see the street names. Then, despite my trying, the app suggested that I walk or bike to the Financial District instead of taking any of the available Muni lines near my house. Gee, thanks?
So, it’s back to Routesy and Maps for me. Have you used the Muni+ app? What’s your favorite public transit app?
Apple users: I agree Routesy is supreme but…
Android users: QuickMuni rules all.
I also was excited to try out this app when it first launched. I found it completely unusable. I typically rely on next bus and google maps. Neither of which is perfect, but way better than muni+.
Once you go Rover you don’t go back.
It’s a little awkward at first, but the combination of nextbus and alternative routes right there is pretty handy. Routesy is good too.
Still, at this very moment I’m planning a quasi-religious pilgrimage to the grass-eating goats, and I’m using Rover to do so.
If anyone could buck the trend of terrible government websites and apps, you’d think it would be San Francisco. But apparently not.
MUNI’s app is awful. NextBus is much easier to deal with.
I like MUNI Alerts on Android — it’s simple, has bookmarks like Routesy, mostly text (I don’t need a map). On the offchance I use my iPhone instead of my Android phone then I love Routesy
I hate this app!!!!
I love “The Transit App” – http://thetransitapp.com/ – for timetables and routes, but my default is Google Maps on the iPhone.
MuniStops (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/munistops/id897371121) provides real time arrival data, estimated walking time/direction to the bus stop of interest, shows nearby stops, and lets you favorite your frequent muni stops.