MBTA Commuter Rail Tracker iOS
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MBTA Commuter Rail Tracker

by Eric Hynds

Price: $0.99

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 for North & South Station.
• "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 coach numbers, boarding tracks, and lateness for you train. Are you one of those people who like to guess the track and board early? Do so with a little bit more confidence now.
• Crowd-sourced data through the "Passenger Reports" feature. 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 with predicted arrival times for each stop on your trip.
• 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, and ad-free 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.

MBTA Commuter Rail Tracker App Details & Overview

MBTA Commuter Rail Tracker is an application developed by Eric Hynds and released on iOS. The app is compatible with iOS 9.0 or later on the following devices: iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPad 3, iPad Mini and iPod Touch 5G or newer.

Download the MBTA Commuter Rail Tracker app and use on your iPhone or iPad. Click here to download the app for Android or Windows devices.

Developer site: Support

What's new in version 1.13.0

The app now tells you the exact time GPS coordinates were last received for a train.

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

App Updates (View More)

  • Initial release v1.13.0 May 22, 2015

App Data

Current Version: 1.13.0
File Size: 11Mb
Genre: Navigation
Publisher: Eric Hynds
Content Rating: 4+
Users Rating: 4.50 (6 reviews)
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Wow! All the info I need!

Rated 5 out of 5
By macguy600 on August 8, 2017
I was very pleasantly surprised by everything this app has to offer! It has a great interface that clearly shows...

Targeted purpose and superb result

Rated 5 out of 5
By preedma on July 26, 2017
No other choice to have and use every day. Have explored many and widely smiled when finding this one. Hope...

Commuter's best friend

Rated 4 out of 5
By cgervais on July 25, 2017
Given the wonky state of the Commuter Rail, this app has been a godsend for figuring out my transit options....

This app rocks

Rated 5 out of 5
By Jason Myatt on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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...

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