MBTA Commuter Rail Tracker iOS
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MBTA Commuter Rail Tracker

by Eric Hynds

Universal App - Designed for both iPhone and iPad.

Price: $0.99

App Description

MBTA Commuter Rail Tracker provides experienced Boston commuters with as much information as possible about the location and status of their trains. This app is designed for seasoned commuters who are already familiar with their line schedule.

• Near real-time location information (next stop, current stop, GPS location, predicted arrival time, and vehicle speed). Please see the note below regarding accuracy.
• Boarding statuses with the track number displayed next to each trip, as well as a dedicated "Departures" view to see the entire departures board.
• "Late" status when the MBTA predicts that a train will arrive later than the scheduled time - even before a delay announcement is made.
• View historical boarding data for trips originating at North or South station. Are you one of those people who like to guess the track and board early? Do so with a little bit more confidence now.
• Passenger reports, a forum for riders to comment on their train. Is a prediction wrong? Train delayed mid-trip? Wondering if your train is standing room only? Discuss through the "Reports" button next to each trip.
• Full schedule view for each trip with predicted arrival times.
• View your train on a map, complete with rail line overlays and stop markers.
• Service alerts view.
• Easy access to the @MBTA_CR Twitter account where status updates and additional info is usually posted in the event of a delay.
• Clean, user-friendly interface.

  • How accurate is this app?

Data is sourced directly from the MBTA's real-time feeds which is collected using PTIS equipment installed on the trains. We don't make any predictions ourselves; this app is simply a UI sitting on top of the MBTA's data. That said, their data is accurate enough to give you a general idea of the status of your train but not accurate enough to set your watch by.

For example, trains generally report themselves as on time with a predicted arrival/departure time equal to the scheduled arrival/departure time so long as the train is less than 5 minutes late (the "5 minute rule"). Furthermore, if a train is delayed mid-trip it can take up to 15 minutes for the delay to propagate through the feeds. Lastly, the MBTA's data tends to operate on a 1-2 minute delay; in fact, updated GPS locations only come through in the feeds once every couple minutes.

This app is not affiliated with the MBTA or MassDOT. Follow us on Twitter at @MBTARailTracker for updates.

What's new in version 1.11.0

Bug fixes

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  • MBTA Commuter Rail Tracker is a highly rated app with 4.5 stars.


  • Initial release v1.11.0 May 22, 2015
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App Details

Current Version: 1.11.0
File Size: 11Mb
Genre: Navigation
Publisher: Eric Hynds
Content Rating: 4+
Users Rating: 4.50 (2 reviews)

App Overview

The MBTA Commuter Rail Tracker app game is now available for $0.99 on iOS. The application is compatible with iOS 8.0 or later on the following devices: iPhone 6, iPad 3, iPad Mini and iPod Touch 5G or newer.

Download MBTA Commuter Rail Tracker and use it on your iPhone or iPad (See button below). If you have an Android or Windows device, you can find links to download this app here.

Developer site: Support

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  • This app rocks

    Rated 5 out of 5
    By Jason Myatt, April 13, 2017
    Exactly what I needed - I head to North Station every workday in a rush. Knowing what's going on with...
  • Perfect App for Real-Time Commuter Rail Updates

    Rated 5 out of 5
    By icedoggy28, April 7, 2017
    Best app for commuter rail info - accurate and timely - exponentially better than anything the MBTA or Keolis offers.
  • Finally someone has done it right!

    Rated 5 out of 5
    By PR in Boston, April 6, 2017
    Found this app after struggling again to give my wife some near realtime info. I was able to install, learn,...
  • Why does it keep updating?

    Rated 5 out of 5
    By LouF2, April 6, 2017
    Great app. Must have for commuter rail train riders. But it's downloaded this update today at least 4 times. Please fix...
  • Must Have

    Rated 5 out of 5
    By Alix KS, March 22, 2017
    The amount of detail provided to commuters is invaluable. Real time map, arrival predictions, and passenger reports provide more timely...
  • Lots of well organized info

    Rated 5 out of 5
    By adamgar03, March 21, 2017
    Lots of detailed information organize in an easy to use manner.
  • A lifesaver

    Rated 5 out of 5
    By lomeister, December 15, 2016
    My train is *always* late, so I really need this app. It is way more precise than the MBTA's text...
Our Verdict: Average!

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