None of this is particularly revolutionary: Google Maps has had very good transit directions forever in many, many cities—and is even introducing real-time transit updates. But at least Apple is finally catching up. The launch is rolling out with San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, and Baltimore first, and several Chinese cities. It can’t come soon enough, really.


These certainly look pretty and I know that I’m excited to use them. The question remains, though, with so many great real-time transit tools like Nextbus and the dedicated apps that many cities have built themselves using their own public data, will anyone really use this tool? The directions to a nearby bus stop with scheduled departures are nice, but the future is really knowing if that bus is actually coming right now.