Using Transit Offline

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Using Transit Offline

Transit can be super useful even when you don't have access to wifi or data. Here's a breakdown of what changes once your phone goes offline:

Available Offline Not Available Offline
  • Schedules
    • Without real-time, the arrival times will not reflect delays. The Browse All Lines feature is helpful for pulling up the accurate schedule for a specific stop. 
  • Route Maps
    • See the map for any route by searching for it in the Search Bar.
  • GO
    • Starting GO offline will generate information based scheduled times.
    • GO will still send you notifications for when to get off the bus based on your GPS location.
  • Real-Time Arrivals
    • Without internet access, the app cannot update real-time information to reflect delays or disruptions.
  • Trip Planner
    • Transit, bikeshare or Uber trip results are not available.
    • Walking and biking options are available offline. 
  • Live updates and service
  • Booking an Uber or bikeshare bike
  • Alarms

Accessing Schedules Offline

When you're connected, Transit automatically downloads the schedules in the background so that you can access them without internet access.

There are three ways to consult schedules offline:

#1. Transit shows your correct location and your stop is listed on the main screen:

  1. Find your line in the list.
  2. Tap the line.
  3. Tap the clock icon.

#2. Transit does not show your correct location:

  1. Tap the search bar at the top of the screen.
  2. Enter the name of the stop you're interested in.
  3. Select the result.
  4. Press Show Nearby Lines.
  5. From here, you can view schedules as if you were at the stop (tap the line, then the clock).

#3. Transit does not show your correct location (option 2):

  1. Tap the search bar at the top of the screen.
  2. Enter the route name or number.
  3. Tap the line. 
  4. Select the direction and stop you're interested in to view the schedule.

Location When Offline

Warning: Without access to data or wifi, your location accuracy may decrease. The blue circle around your position on the map indicates the radius of accuracy.

Your phone's access to the internet (via data or wifi) can really help improve your location accuracy in the app. When offline, the app utilizes your phone's GPS, which varies in accuracy depending on your phone.

When moving in and out of access to the internet (say when you're on the subway), the app does its best to keep track of your location. While the app reestablishes the connection, you may see the "Offline. No real-time data" banner. 

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