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Some years ago, before Android and iOS, I used to have a map for Windows phone (and web) that allowed you to download per-city packs of subway information that included schedules and connection information for cities around the world.

You were able to enter two stations, one to start and one to go to and it would plot you all possible subway connections between the two points.

I have been looking quite a lot now on the internet and the Android app store for something like this, bought even a couple and refunded them. Most of them simply are a collection of maps where you have to trace the route yourself instead of having a real "navigation" for subways.

As far as I remember the application I used to have was called "Metro". It was not open-source IIRC but the data was provided by the users. Anyone remember this? Does it or something similar exist?

  • Aside from Google Maps, which covers many major cities? – Mark Mayo Mar 29 '14 at 1:39
  • Google maps is barely accurate with public transport. I have sent them numerous corrections for routes in Birmingham, AL and Darwin, NT. Corrections that which they have, thankfully, implemented, but who knows what public transport timings, worldwide, are still off. – happybuddha Mar 29 '14 at 3:09
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    @happybuddha: Google Maps uses GTFS format data files that are made available by each transit provider. The quality of the data in Google Maps depends almost entirely on the quality of data provided by the people who run the transit system. I'm actually surprised that corrections you submitted were implemented, perhaps Google fed them back to the GTFS creator. – Greg Hewgill Mar 29 '14 at 3:54
  • It works fantastically for me in London, Vancouver, Sydney, Canberra and Perth, but sadly not Melbourne (VPT hasn't opened up access properly, much to the chagrin of a fellow developer I know who wants to use it) – Mark Mayo Mar 29 '14 at 4:32
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    @AyeshK: I beg to differ. In Guadalajara, Mexico, google maps has exactly zero information about public transport. But the city publishes their own web site and mobile app with accurate public transport maps (using google maps as the mapping engine). Countless other cities also offer their own public transport app and/or website. So claiming that "if google doesn't do it, nobody does" is clearly inaccurate. – Flimzy Mar 29 '14 at 16:51
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Ha! I finally found it! The app is not in the Android App store, but it works fine. The software is called "Metro" as I remembered, it's offline and works quite nicely with 400 cities.

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In an amusing coincidence, the Melbourne subreddit today deviated into a discussion on transport apps, and one of the ones suggested was Offi - a multi-city public transport app.

The cities/countries it claims to support:

Supported countries:

• Europe • United Kingdom • Ireland • USA (San Francisco, Philadelphia) • Australia (Sydney, New South Wales, Melbourne, Victoria) • Germany • Austria • Switzerland • Belgium • Luxembourg • Liechtenstein • Netherlands (Amsterdam) • Denmark • Sweden • Norway (Oslo & Bergen) • Poland

Supported Cities and Regions:

• London • Birmingham • Dublin • San Francisco • Philadelphia • Sydney • Melbourne • Dubai • Jerusalem • Berlin & Brandenburg • Frankfurt & Rhine-Main • Munich (München) • Augsburg • Schwerin & Mecklenburg-Vorpommern • Kiel, Lübeck & Schleswig-Holstein • Hannover & Lower Saxony • Braunschweig • Bremen • Bremerhaven & Oldenburg • Leipzig & Saxony-Anhalt • Dresden • Chemnitz & Mittelsachsen • Essen, Dortmund, Düsseldorf & Rhine-Ruhr • Cologne (Köln), Bonn (network plans only!) • Lüdenscheid & Märkischer Kreis • Paderborn & Höxter • Mannheim & Rhine-Neckar • Stuttgart • Reutlingen & Neckar-Alb-Donau • Ulm • Karlsruhe • Trier • Nuremberg (Nürnberg), Fürth & Erlangen • Würzburg & Regensburg • Strasbourg & Freiburg • Baden-Württemberg • Plauen & Vogtland • Vienna (Wien) • Linz • Salzburg • Innsbruck • Graz & Styria • Bregenz & Vorarlberg • Basel • Lucerne (Luzern) • Zurich (Zürich) • Brussels (Brüssel) • Copenhagen (Kopenhagen) • Stockholm • Warsaw (Warschau) • Maribor

and more...

I tried out the Melbourne aspect of it, since our apps are notriously poor, and so far I'm quite impressed...

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