Several free apps and websites have integrated our schedule data to provide transit directions in the Springfield, IL area. Each has its strengths, but which one is right for you? On this page we'll give you a rundown of the most popular apps and highlight the features that set them apart from each other.
Far and away the most popular navigation app on any platform, Google Maps makes taking the bus very easy. All you have to do is select the public transportation option when requesting directions. The app will guide you to the nearest bus stop and even show you how and when to transfer.
Our integration with Google Maps also makes our schedule information accessible from other apps in the Google ecosystem. The Google app on Android devices allows you to search by voice, and you can use it to get transit directions to your destination. For example: "OK Google, how do I take the bus to the Illinois State Fair?" Google Now will also send you notifications about the routes you use most often, learning when you commute to and from work.
Web App: google.com/maps
Moovit is the most used transit app with over 30 million users worldwide. The app has a "Live Ride" feature that tracks your ride and alerts you when you're nearing your stop. This feature is also used to "crowdsource" information. For example, when you activate Live Ride on your device and board a bus, other Moovit users waiting on the bus further along the route will get real-time information about where the bus is. The more people that use the app, the better it works!
Web App: web.moovitapp.com
If you like to compare different modes of travel, TripGo might be the app for you. You can see various transportation types at a glance and sort them based not just on time and distance, but price as well. The agenda feature might also come in handy if you don't have a fixed work schedule, as you can plan and save your commutes in advance.
Web App: tripgo.skedgo.com
Don't have a mobile data plan? Here WeGo allows you to download maps for offline use, including public transit. You can connect to a free wifi hotspot, pre-load your device with all the Springfield map data, and then get around the city without having to spend a cent on internet access.
Web App: here.com
Travic is a web app that shows hundreds of public transit networks around the globe. It will even show real-time data when available. However, since SMTD doesn't provide real-time data (yet), the locations of buses shown in Springfield are simulated, taking only the time points and route shapes into account. It also isn't updated as often as the other apps on this page, so we don't recommend depending on it as your go-to transit navigation app. Still, it's an interesting way to explore transit!
Web App: tracker.geops.ch