New 511 app helps you navigate Bay transit

Well it’s about time. It seems there now is an app for everything from a calendar to monitor your diet to a WTF fact generator. But all this time, one major app was missing for the Bay Area: a 511 transit app.

Finally, an official 511 transit app has been created and is now available for Android. Supposedly, the iPhone 4 version will be released soon.

The free app includes the transit details of nine counties and multiple agencies. Travelers can access door-to-door transit trip planning and departure times for 720 different routes from more than 23,700 transit stops throughout the Bay Area.

There is also a nifty map that shows you routes and stops along the way, and it can even give you walking directions and ticket prices.

Tom Spiekerman, 511 Transit project manager said:

“Currently, 511 customers plan more than one million transit trips per month using the popular website version of the 511 Trip Planner. The new app brings core features of this tool to customers on the go.”

In total, the app includes data from SF Muni,  BART, AC Transit, VTA, SamTrans, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, County Connection, Vallejo Transit, LAVTA, Sonoma County Transit, VINE (Napa County) and more than a dozen additional agencies.

Prior to this, smartphone users had to visit 511’s mobile website to access up to date information about their routes.