Most UCSF commuters would agree that getting around San Francisco is far from an exact science. Whether you bike to Parnassus, shuttle to Mission Bay, or bus to Laurel Heights, you’ve likely experienced some unwelcome delays in your day-to-day commute.
Fortunately, there are a variety of free apps to help combat this problem. I’ve listed some popular choices below.
All-in-One Transit Tools
BayTripper (for iPhone) offers a real-time transit trip planner, bicycle route mapping, and schedule information for BART, Muni, Caltrain, and the ferry system. This comprehensive app even includes a directory of taxi companies! A must-have for iPhone users.
511 Mobile (bookmark m.511.org) provides on-the-go access to 511’s most popular features. Visit this mobile site to plan a trip via public transit, look up real-time bus and train departures, and check current traffic conditions.
UCSF Mobile (for iPhone and Android) offers a trip planner, system map, and schedules for the UCSF shuttle system. If you don’t have an Android or iPhone, you can access the same information at m.ucsf.edu.
DroidMuni (for Android) provides a convenient interface to the San Francisco NextMuni bus prediction database. Simply choose a Muni route, and the app will scroll to the closest stop.
Smiling Ride BART (for Android) is a well designed app for BART commuters, complete with real-time predictions, a trip planner, and a fare calculator. I appreciate its clean, easy-to-use interface.
iBike (for iPhone) provides bike maps and live route information. It also measures your speed, cadence, heart rate, and elevation while you ride.
Endomondo Sports Tracker (for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows 7) turns your smartphone into a free personal trainer and competitive fitness game. This app offers real-time GPS tracking of time, distance, speed & calories, as well as route mapping and audio updates on your cycling progress.
Now it’s your turn. Have you tried any of the above? Did I neglect to mention a great, free app for UCSF commuters?