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HopStop – iOS app review

HopStop

HopStop

Published: August 15, 2012
Link: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
Ease of use:
The looks:

Manhattan and New York City as a whole can be daunting if you don’t understand the direction you’re traveling. And with a whole lot of subway, bus and walking systems out there, HopStop can be an invaluable tool to find your way around the city.

The free app will get you from point A to point B whether you’re taking the bus, subway, walking or biking regardless of which borough or neighborhood you’re trying to travel. New York City is just one example out of a whole bunch of cities in U.S., Canada and Europe – 62 at the time of writing and counting.

Some of the features of the app are:

  • Get directions from your current location using GPS functionality
  • Get schedules for hundreds of regional rails, subways, buses, ferries and more
  • View scrollable, zoom-able transit maps even when offline
  • Estimate travel time and cost for a taxi and call taxi companies with a tap
  • Save recent searches and favorite trips in MyTrips
  • Get biking directions in NYC, Washington DC, Chicago, and San Francisco
  • Find out how many calories you burn on each route and how many carbon emissions you save compared to driving
  • See wheelchair accessible and stroller friendly routes

The app covers a whole lot of private bus companies, taxi companies, trains, metro networks, and public transportation. Also check out their app for iPad.

Updated: April 8, 2013
HopStop launched a service and a stand-alone app called HopStop Live!, integrated in the app itself, that updates you with real-time delays to subways or trains, fed by users using the app. Delays in services are usually reported after a few hours because of police investigations or accidents, but HopStop Live is letting its massive user base start calling out issues for fellow users.

Although other apps like Waze do the same, HopStop makes use of its 2 million plus active users, along with its 700 transit agencies, 20K lines and 750K stops, to inform users of the disruptions caused on the services.

For now, the HopStop Live! service is only available for iPhone, but the company is working on rolling it out to other major platforms in the coming months.

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