We are in a state of sadness. Life may never be the same – at least when it comes to getting around the city.
Last night, users had their last experience with the HopStop transportation service, which has been carrying residents and visitors to NYC since 2005, and 300 others have been leading cities worldwide since then.
The late app and website have helped millions with their step-by-step instructions from point A to point B, but after Apple bought HopStop two years ago and folded it into its own Apple Maps with iOS9, HopStop's neck was on the block , As of October 30, the app will stop working and the site will display this message:
Please, a moment of silence for our dear deceased friend – then check out the tips from Senior Planet at your new navigation tool, the best alternatives we can find for this new era HopStopless era
Ratings based on accuracy and ease of use range from 1: you can be very lost until 5: you will never you get lost.
Google Maps Transit
Just enter the address of your desired location and Google will show you all routes. You can select an icon for your preferred mode of transport – bus, train, foot, bike, cart – to find directions and estimated travel times. Tip: The first option that Google offers is the fastest option.
Why You Like Them
Google Maps Transit is relatively easy to use because it has a wealth of features and a step-by-step help page if you're worried about looking for directions. And since there is a desktop version, it is there for you, even if you do not use a smartphone. Best of all, you can see all your options on one map – including shorter and longer routes for each transportation method – and if you feel lazy (or achy), you can see which public transport route is least involved in the amount of walking. We also like the Schedule Explorer feature, which shows you how times of day / traffic could affect your trip. Plus, with Google, you can easily email or print your directions.
Let's take a note and say: Even with schedules, train schedules and weekend problems, New Yorkers are blessed with one of the best mass transit systems in the world. That is, unless you have a mobility problem or carry very heavy loads as you drive through the city.
This is where Wheely NYC comes into play. Developed by Anthony Driscoll, an MFA candidate at the Parsons School of Design who has seen his father. Because MS has difficulty navigating, this app helps you plan your trip through accessible stations. The clues will continue as soon as you get off the subway, with notes on nearby places (cafes, shops) that are accessible.
Why You Like It
This app not only tells you if a station has a lift; You can also know if the lift actually works. As the MTA likes to hide their lift entrances, the app even shows a photo of what you're looking for and provides directions to it. Too bad Wheely is only for NYC!
CityMapper is very similar to Google Maps, but has better real-time updates for local traffic. An added bonus: It gives you the expected weather conditions for your destination.
Why You Like It
If you find less crowded screens easier to use, the CityMapper interface may be more useful than Google Maps.
MoovIt has an even cleaner design than CityMapper and offers almost the same features as Google Maps. Bonus: It's available in several foreign cities, so it's a great travel companion. The app also shows you your nearest subway station – a big plus if you're lost – and tells you when you can expect the next bus to show up. (The same goes for subways, but these times could be very "appreciated.")
Why You Like It
You can contribute to the daily data by sharing your experience with public transport, and you must Love crowdsourcing – from the people, to the people. We also like MoovIt's little, mascot-like logo.
The best thing about Embark is that it's fast and works well when you have no internet connection – maybe it helps you figure out why the train is stuck in the tunnel.
Why You Liked It
For those times when it's better than bells and whistles, this app wins. The bespoke travel option is detailed without being intrusive, and Embark offers just one option – the fastest.
Oops! We forgot Apple Maps – but this app is just HopStop reincarnation.
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