City Paper is not for tourists
Android-equipped Metro riders, rejoice. D.C. resident Jason Rosenbaum’s iPhone app BusTrackDC, which tracks Metro buses and trains as well as D.C.’s Circulator routes in real time, is now available on Android devices. Released in February, BusTrackDC filled a void left when the popular bus-tracker app NextBus DC stopped working in December (it’s since come back as iCommute). Rosenbaum said he received positive media attention and user feedback from his app’s initial launch, along with numerous requests for an Android version. Despite being an iPhone user himself, he decided to give the people what they want.
In recent weeks, Rosenbaum turned to Reddit to crowdsource feedback from Android users and troubleshoot bugs. “On Android there are so many different versions that I really wanted to test it on as many phones I could,” he said. Rosenbaum is also working on an iPhone update to correspond with the public release of iOS 7, the latest version of Apple’s operating system for mobile devices.
Rosenbaum runs BusTrackDC as an open source application, which allows other people to experiment with the source code and suggest improvements. “People have contributed some really large ideas for the future,” he said, including route tracking for other public transit lines in the D.C. region. “If there are people out there who would like to contribute, then I would love to work with them.”
Photo courtesy of BusTrackDC.com