Add a Siri Shortcut

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Siri Shortcuts are spoken phrases recorded by the user that allow you to open Transit for iOS and get specific info.

Types of Shortcuts in Transit 

Currently, four types of shortcuts are available in Transit:

  1. Get next departures: the app will show you the next departures for a pre-selected bus route at the closest stop to your location.
  2. Start GO: the app will start GO on a pre-selected bus route from your current location.
  3. Get directions to Favorite Location: the app will plan a trip from your current location to one of your preset Favorite Locations.
  4. Get a bikeshare code: for cities with a bikeshare integrated in Transit, the app will get a ride code for the nearest station.

How to Add Shortcuts

Get Next departures and Start GO

  1. Open the app and tap on a bus route in the Nearby list.
  2. Tap on the Siri icon in the upper-left corner of the screen.

  3. Choose which type of shortcut to add (Get Next Departures or Start GO).
  4. Record your voice command (for example, “when’s the next 55 bus”).

Transit tracks which direction of the bus you usually take at that time so it knows automatically which direction you’d like to go.

Get directions to a Favorite Location

To add these shortcuts, you first need to create some  Favorite Locations. Then:

  1. Open the app and tap on Settings (the gear icon in top-left).
  2. Tap the slider icon in the middle:
  3. Tap on the microphone icon for any Favorite Location to create a Shortcut that routes you there from your current position.

Get a bikeshare code

  1. Open the app and tap on Settings (the Gear icon in top-left).
  2. Under My Memberships, tap on your email address or username for your local bikeshare.

  3. On the pop-up menu at the bottom of your iPhone screen, tap Siri Shortcut.
  4. Tap Get a Bike and record your shortcut.

Managing Shortcuts

You can find the full list of the shortcuts you’ve made under Settings>Transit>Siri & Search>Shortcuts. There, you can delete shortcuts and re-record phrases.

You can also use the Shortcuts app to build shortcuts, including more complex shortcuts that involve several apps.

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