Metrobus Schedule: No More App for That

The popular bus arrival time app has gone dark.


NextBusDC, a smartphone app that had been tracking the arrival times of Metro buses for users since 2009, has quit working, according to a Washington Post story.

The app, which is the end product of a partnership between NextBus—a company that tracks transit system data, and AppTight, which makes the data user-friendly in an app format, stopped working on Dec. 20, according to the In The Capital website.

In The Capital reported that a contractual relationship between the two companies “ceased,” with NextBus receiving only three days’ notice and AppTight no notice at all. AppTight’s Kelly Beener remarked that only the data feed to the DC app has stopped, and the San Francisco version continues to function.

NextBus’ Ken Schmier told The Washington Post that he has “received 7,000 complaints about the service ending,” and expects the app to be back online within about a week.

Metro chief spokesman Dan Stessel said that Metro is neither involved in the dispute nor an official supporter of the app, but mentioned that the same information is available on Metro’s website.

At the time of writing this article, the NextBus DC app was not available on iTunes or via the Google Play store.

Tamika Smith January 03, 2013 at 02:34 PM
This app is most useful for people during the winter and hot summer months. Why did it have to take complaints for Metro to move forward on reinstating this app?
Harvey Wallbanger January 03, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Not cool metro! Isn't the app a source of revenue for metro? Don't they charge the app maker to share the NextBus data? I wonder how long they will take to get the data flowing again... if it's shorter than a month I'd be surprised.
jag January 03, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Doesn't this have nothing to do with Metro? "Metro chief spokesman Dan Stessel said that Metro is neither involved in the dispute nor an official supporter of the app"
One Percent BIKER January 03, 2013 at 05:07 PM
I realize how ancient it may seem but can't you just call the number? You must not be too terribly busy if you're waiting for a bus.
Queen January 03, 2013 at 05:59 PM
This article isn't quite right. The Nextbus service is still working, it's just the app that's not. Why pay for an app when you can get the same info for free by pointing your phone's browser to nextbus.com?


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