MBTA Commuter Rail Tracker

MBTA Commuter Rail Tracker

By Eric Hynds

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2015-05-22
  • Current Version: 2.2.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 9.84 MB
  • Developer: Eric Hynds
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 159 Ratings


MBTA Commuter Rail Tracker provides experienced Boston commuters with as much information as possible about the location and status of their trains. This app is designed for seasoned commuters who are already familiar with their line schedule. • Near real-time location information (next stop, current stop, GPS location, predicted arrival time, and vehicle speed). Please see the note below regarding accuracy. • Boarding statuses with track and coach number displayed next to each trip, as well as a dedicated "Departures" view to see the entire departures board for North & South Station. • "Late" status when the MBTA predicts that a train will arrive later than the scheduled time - even before a delay announcement is made. • View historical coach numbers, boarding tracks, and average on time percentages for your train. • Crowd-sourced data through the "Passenger Reports" feature. Is a prediction wrong? Train delayed mid-trip? Wondering if your train is standing room only? Discuss through the "Reports" button next to each trip. • Full schedule view with predicted arrival times for each stop on your trip. • View the exact location of your train on a map. • Service alerts view. • Easy access to the @MBTA_CR Twitter account where status updates and additional info is usually posted in the event of a delay. • Clean, user-friendly, and ad-free interface. --- How accurate is this app? --- Data is sourced directly from the MBTA's real-time feeds which is collected using PTIS equipment installed on the trains. We don't make any predictions ourselves; this app is simply a UI sitting on top of the MBTA's data. That said, their data is accurate enough to give you a general idea of the status of your train but not accurate enough to set your watch by. For example, trains generally report themselves as on time with a predicted arrival/departure time equal to the scheduled arrival/departure time so long as the train is less than 5 minutes late (the "5 minute rule"). Furthermore, if a train is delayed mid-trip it can take up to 15 minutes for the delay to propagate through the feeds. Lastly, the MBTA's data tends to operate on a 1-2 minute delay; in fact, updated GPS locations only come through in the feeds once every couple minutes. This app is NOT affiliated with the MBTA or MassDOT. Follow us on Twitter at @MBTARailTracker for updates.



  • Helpful app!

    By Cached Crystal
    Is anyone also getting a error that says can’t connect to network? Then when I try to click app support it says bad gateway... Update: Thanks to the developer for his/her response—clearly the MBTA outage isn’t expected and glad there are safeguards in place now, I have adjusted my review.
  • Stopped working

    By c_sarisozen
    Ok, first off, this has been and I assume still, a great app. It is tied to trains’ reporting so, if they stopped reporting their location, there is nothing the developer can do. Blame the MBTA, not the developer or the app. However it stopped working two days ago without explanation or any other prior warning. Either an update went wrong or the developer just quit and relocated to another dimension. Whatever the cause, it harmed thousands of people relying the info. Bad part is, since it is a great app, many people started to trust/rely on that completely so any error that lasts this long is definitely causing problems more than one can anticipate.
  • Poor

    By zztt1289
    This app never works
  • Great app until it stopped working

    By Operatigger
    This has been a great app until it stopped working a day ago.
  • Been down for 2 days

    By deb2018888888
    Do I get a refund for that?
  • App down!!

    By Roxy Musintuchit
    Just when I started seeing the benefit of this app - it’s down. It’s been over 24 hours. What’s going on? Paid service, but no service!!
  • Great app

    By bdd124456789
    Great app
  • Best app ever

    By Mdsmith77
    Absolutely love this app The only thing I would change is being able to track “special event trains” that being said I realize it is out of the control of the app maker and fully up to the MBTA
  • Good enough for me

    By FreeFlowMusic
    Once a train is en route, this app is VERY helpful. Partially because it provides updated ETAs and partially because users frequently comment on it, letting you know of any delays. That said, I’m not sure the schedules are completely accurate, one trip was scheduled to start 10 minutes later in the app than in reality. For scheduled departure times, I’ve been using the MBTA site. I haven’t tried any other app. But between the MBTA site and this app, it has been good enough for me so far.
  • Good

    By TimeontheTrain
    Provides good info. Larger text/font please!