If you use public transit in Toronto, there are a couple of different ways to find out when the next bus or streetcar is coming. You can text the TTC (the numbers are written at the stops), you can check one of the hilariously inaccurate printed schedules, or you can use an iPhone app to […]
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Quick Look: TTCWatch for iPhone and iPad

If you use public transit in Toronto, there are a couple of different ways to find out when the next bus or streetcar is coming. You can text the TTC (the numbers are written at the stops), you can check one of the hilariously inaccurate printed schedules, or you can use an iPhone app to track vehicle locations.

I had previously used Rocket Man for this purpose, but I’ve recently been giving the free TTCWatch a shot, if only because it looks a little cleaner. TTCWatch locates me automatically whenever I load it up and displays all of the nearby TTC stops – a nice touch. A quick tap on a stop will show the direction, specify the final destination, and show the E.T.A. for the next four or five vehicles.

The only downside to speak of is that the direction of each stop isn’t marked nearly as nicely as in RocketMan. This isn’t a big deal in most cases because you can tell a bus’s direction by the side of the street it’s on, but it is a bigger deal at a subway station, where there are multiple buses in the same area, and it’s harder to tell which ones are going where.

But this minor inconvenience hasn’t stopped me from enjoying this app. I’m still not decided as to whether I’ll stick with RocketMan or TTCWatch, but I’m glad that I no longer have to contend with having to text the TTC whenever I get to a stop.

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