MBTA Commuter Rail Tracker App Reviews

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Thought this was a saving grace

But I was wrong. Of course during yet another frigid day in Boston, I was counting on the app to keep me from freezing very long. The Franklin/495 listing showed it had problems reporting. Yet two stops just ahead of mine were light grey as opposed to dark. Although no times were shown “scheduled” or “predicted”. The comments are conflicting as someone mentioned they were in an ice box and the train hadn’t arrived in Norfolk while another wrote a few minutes later that it just left. So hedging this information I headed for the train and it was pulling out just as I arrived. And still the app shows no indication of movement. So glad I paid for this. The developers should offer a make good if they ever want to regain my trust.


Provides good info. Text could be a bit larger.


This year the train schedule has been a bit better than last year. I am a frequent user on occasion there is a hiccup due to Mecanical/emergencies my suggestion would be to post this ahead of time on the platform monitors so that we are kept to b the loop. Another suggestion would be to send alerts to our mobile phones if we have the app.

The best train app

This was already my favorite commuter rail app because it has all the info I need (train times, delays, alerts, maps, marking favorite trains, reports/comments from users), and version 2.0 made even more improvements. The app is very noticeably snappier, and remembering the last line you viewed when you reopen the app is super helpful. Well done!

Best app ever…

My wife and I Love this app! It provides the most accurate and up-to-date information in a format that easy to read and understand. We have other apps, but this is our primary! Keep up the good work!

Best commuter rail app around

I've tried several of the commuter rail apps, and this one is the best. Simple to use, info is clearly organized, and well maintained. Love the feature that shows likely track based on historical data. And the community input feature has saved me on bad weather days. Thanks for a great app!

5 stars

This app is super helpful and surprisingly accurate. If you ride the commuter rail you need this app. The passenger reports feature is so useful.

Stuck on loading screen

Newest update doesn't load, gets stuck on the loading blue screen. Edit: problem has been fixed for me!

Thank you

Thank you for developing this app. It is the most reliable source for real time train status available. My fingers and toes thank you on this cold day.

Was good but now it’s not!

Put the coach numbers back!

Great app

Super helpful and accurate. I used to use the free website but it was not very good and this app lets you write reports.

App doesn’t remember Favorites

I use this all the time but suddenly it forgets my “Favorites” even after repeatedly re-entering them. Developer,Is happily up this to5 stars if you fix this problem. Thanks.

Five stars!

Nicely done! All the info you need, easy to use.

Great app

Love the dashboard maps and track predict. History is great. App keeps getting better. One suggestion. Allow us to crowd source train configuration. This way over time you’ll be a database of it’s a 6 car train with 3 doubles 3 singles. The sets don’t change much so it should be accurate. Great app!!!!!

Accurate and Easy

This app has worked amazingly well for me. While I cannot claim it has 100% accuracy it is very close. Very user-friendly.

Wow! All the info I need!

I was very pleasantly surprised by everything this app has to offer! It has a great interface that clearly shows each trains' status, real time GPS info, and best of all, the ability for passengers to post updates and communicate. This is especially helpful when passengers on a delayed train can inform those of us waiting on the platform about why the train hasn't arrived. Well worth the purchase!

Targeted purpose and superb result

No other choice to have and use every day. Have explored many and widely smiled when finding this one. Hope that enhancements don't spoil the scope and purpose of the app...I know the restaurants,etc. on my route. Tell all to get it and pay short change if needed...don't never add ads please, please!!!!

Commuter's best friend

Given the wonky state of the Commuter Rail, this app has been a godsend for figuring out my transit options. Would love the ability to pin my favorite trains to an initial view so I don't need to drill into my line and my trains every time I open the app and save me some time. Fire some notifications if my train is later than usual and I'd be thrilled.

This app rocks

Exactly what I needed - I head to North Station every workday in a rush. Knowing what's going on with the train I'm targeting and the next one (as a backup) is crucial. Crucial to my planning and peace of mind for that slightly frantic period that encapsulates an important piece of the "work/life balance" for me. This app gives me exactly the up-to-date train information I need in such a clear way. The perfect app for a very specific and critical aspect of my day!

Love this app!

Great app. Must have for commuter rail train riders.

Perfect App for Real-Time Commuter Rail Updates

Best app for commuter rail info - accurate and timely - exponentially better than anything the MBTA or Keolis offers.

Finally someone has done it right!

Found this app after struggling again to give my wife some near realtime info. I was able to install, learn, and text her what to do in 2 minutes. The next day she tried it out herself. It is a pleasure to use and getting the reason for delays is great.

Must Have

The amount of detail provided to commuters is invaluable. Real time map, arrival predictions, and passenger reports provide more timely and helpful info than the MBTA itself when trains are off schedule.

Lots of well organized info

Lots of detailed information organize in an easy to use manner.

Well Done!

The first truly useful commuter rail app! You would be totally justified to make this a paid app.

A lifesaver

My train is *always* late, so I really need this app. It is way more precise than the MBTA's text messages and lets me calculate just when I need to leave home or work to make it to the station on time. The ability for passengers to post messages like "just left North Station" is also very helpful. No more panicking or guesswork!

It's too complex to use!!

It's too difficult to catch the schedule for the middle stations. I Would really appreciate if this app describes with time table like on pan-flaps.


While there are many things to like about about this app – I cannot recommend it, because they do not keep their schedules up-to-date when changes are made by the MBTA.

Saves me everyday!

Simple to use for daily use. Wouldn't use as a tourist.

Life changing

My train used to have delays all the time but since getting this app it's never been late or had issues.


If you're a regular MBTA commuter you need to get this. Hands down the best app for it. The map and rider reports are super helpful since you can't rely on the T to be on time. When the train's broken down you can just chill at home a bit longer.

Really well designed and works well.

This really works as intended. Good tracking and the GPS functionality is spot on. Well worth the cost.

Incredibly helpful

This app has been invaluable for my commute. Highly recommended

Makes taking the commuter rail less frustrating

This app is indispensable for my morning commute, with accurate real-time tracking, alerts and a layout that's easy to understand. More than worth the 99 cents.

One word. AWESOME!

Hands down the easiest, most intuitive and accurate mass transit app EVER. (especially for a commuter rail app) I wish my other transit apps were at least 1/2 this good!


This app takes away some of the pain of riding the commuter rail. It gives you so much important information, and so much faster than the MBTA. It's really indiespensable if you ride the commuter rail. Also big thanks to everyone who posts updates when their train is stopped. It's great to know what is going on when you're waiting for your train, and you don't get an MBTA alert for another half-hour.

Accurate and comprehensive

Not the most intuitive app in the world but if you are taking the MBTA commuter rail this summer and want to know where your train is, you need this app.

A+ work


Nice! What Keolis should have done

Thanks for this great app. It great that you've integrated maps and report-style info. Would it be possible one day to store a trip and then calculate actual vs schedule times for that trip? Say, for example, my trip is a daily round trip to/from Boston and I'd like to know how many times and for many minutes my trip segments were delayed in a month or week. I'd be happy to pay for an app that does that. And what a great way to give feedback to the T.

So far, SO GOOD!

I've been using this app to monitor my daily commute from Westborough to Boston and back. I started using it the day after it came out. Simply put, it's pretty amazing! I didn't know this accurate of data existed. Keolis/MBTA has done such a poor job at getting accurate train info in the hands of passengers. This changes everything about the way I plan for, and react to both common schedules and inevitable delays alike. I don't understand why the app is free. My suggestion: after traction is made, offer a premium version because it's well worth it for the every-day commuter!

It's the Best MBTA app out there

I have checked out a lot of MBTA apps and this one clearly is the best. (And much better than the official Kelois app) It provides real time information on where the train is and how late it might be. It's a clean and clear design. It also provides track information. It's certainly a keeper! I just wish it would provide alerts for your favorite trains status. Like: 5:30 to Wooster departing on track 3 on time or 508 train train to South station running 5 min late. That would be really great to be able to glance at your phone's lock screen and know the status.

Favourites gone

For a while this always had my favourites showing in the top section. Now everytime I open the app I have to reset my favourites because they have been deleted. This app is still very helpful, I just miss the feature that it always remembered my favourites.

One of the best apps out there on MBTA

One of the best apps on MBTA commuter rail. The departed time is a little off by 3 min or so after the train departs. However you should be able to figure that out as the expected departed time is visible in the app. Other that , works like magic. Thanks Ramya

Simple and effective

Much better and easier to use than any other app for the commuter rail.

Great app!!

Very easy and intuitive app to use. The best MBTA app I have used so far. And it is free 😃

Very useful

It will be fantastic with widget support

If only the MBCR/MBTA was this useful

Great app, intuitive and easy to use. I second that this is good enough to ask money for, so I had to get in on it before that happened. This replaces a shortcut to the South/North Station departure website and does a great job at it. Thanks!

A must-have for Boston commuters

The other day the 504 on the Framingham line was delayed by some 20 minutes. Lucky for me Java Jim's is near the station, so I went to get a coffee and out of the cold. Some of my fellow riders had the same idea, and we were all peering into our iPhones. Someone said, "I wish I knew if I have time for breakfast." I said, "The train's just pulling into Southborough, so probably maybe." Everyone wanted to know how I knew that, so I showed them this app: the realtime map, the schedules, the comments, and (my favorite) track percentages. This is my go to app for commuting. Every morning before I leave the house, I check in on the 504. I'm not happy when the train is late, but I sure like knowing I have time for coffee.

Great commuter tool

I've been using this app for a couple of months and it's been great. I know where my train is and when it's going to get to the station. Particularly helpful as it gets colder. I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because my favorites will randomly disappear. Otherwise great app.

App review

I just downloaded the app and all the functionality works great. The scheduled times and the estimated arrival times are exactly what the MBTA has posted on their website.

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