The majority of the world’s population now resides in metropolitan areas, making it imperative to address transportation challenges in these areas to ensure the smooth flow of commuters and tourists alike. The many different means of transportation, the dizzying array of starting points and ending points, and the sheer volume and variety of urban traffic all combine to make urban transportation a formidable challenge. Cities have long been seen as the pinnacle of human connection, with their complex traffic patterns intertwined with commuting, business, and recreational and cultural pursuits. Freight mobility is important because cities are manufacturing, consumption, and distribution centers. Transport in cities is conceptually associated with city planning and spatial organisation. When it comes to getting around town, public transportation is crucial, especially in densely populated places. We have provided the list of 12 Innovative Urban Transportation Apps.

12 Innovative Urban Transportation Apps

Here is the list of 12 innovative urban transportation apps that you can use-

1. Citymapper

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The positive feedback that Citymapper receives from its users is well-deserved. Whether you’re using the subway, the bus, an Uber, or just pedalling around town, this is the greatest app to help you get where you need to go. When you tell the app your destination, it will recommend a route and mode of transportation based on current traffic conditions and other factors. It functions in major cities all over the world, including those in the United Kingdom, such as London, Birmingham, and Manchester.

2. Live Train Times UK

It’s helpful to have an app where you can look up real-time train times before rushing to the station if you take the train frequently. To that end, Live Train Times UK excels, especially once you’ve told it your normal routes. The number of platforms and the number of carriages, both of which can influence your choice of which train to take, are also provided.

3. UK Bus Checker

This app for the entire United Kingdom, including all 300,000 bus stops, was created by the same team that brought you London Bus Checker. You can use it to plan future travels by looking at the timetable, viewing real-time departures from your closest stop, or both. In addition, the Stop Alert function will wake you up in plenty of time for your stop if you tend to nod off while rattling along.

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4. Trainline UK

This is one of the most popular British transportation apps, with over 9.4 million downloads. Like its parent site, it allows you to look up upcoming train trips and purchase tickets until 10 minutes before your train is scheduled to leave. Furthermore, you can utilise it to view live times and platform information.

5. TrainTrick

Southern Rail riders have been vocal about how frustrating delays have become in recent months. TrainTrick at least makes getting reimbursement for any delays easier. TrainTrick will file the complaint on your behalf, receiving a tiny percentage of your compensation after you provide a photo of your ticket and the cause for the delay.

6. Uber

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This app has been one of the most divisive in the transportation industry in 2016, especially among veteran cabbies. Still, many people are taking advantage of Uber’s widespread availability and the convenience of its digital taxi hailing service, which allows them to calculate an approximate fee before hopping in a car. There are currently sixteen British cities where Uber is available, and more are being added all the time.

7. Gopili

The name of this app gives away its selling point to vacationers: it isn’t content to merely buy your tickets; rather, it actively seeks to find you the best deal possible. Gopili versatility is shown by the fact that it analyses not just trains, but also buses and planes, all around Europe, and then sorts the results by price, duration, and departure time.

8. Changers – CO2 Fit

If you’re looking for an app with a different focus than the others in this list, give Changers a try. Using a point system, you may track the number of miles you’ve ridden the bus, ridden your bike, or walked, as well as the amount of carbon dioxide you’ve avoided producing as a result.

9. Tube Map London Underground

It’s not only about learning the difference between the Bakerloo and Jubilee lines; the renowned London tube map is begging to be turned into an app. In addition to real-time arrival and departure information, route planning for the entire city, and even walking directions between tube stations for those times when it’s faster to walk than take the tube, all of this information is at your fingertips.

10. Santander Cycles

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At long last, there’s an additional app for residents and visitors of London who wish to rent the ubiquitous and convenient Boris bikes and this app is Santander Cycle. You may easily find locations with available bikes for free rental, obtain an unlock code in advance, and then plot out a route through London by bike.

11. Transit

It is a great app that provides all the information under one roof. it is also like Citymapper. This app is available in many countries at present. So, you can give a try to this app.

12. The Touring app

The Touring app made it possible to reserve and pay for a variety of transportation options (car sharing, car rental, taxi, bus, streetcar, train, and bike-sharing). Users were given a balance of €150-€350 to use exclusively on public transportation, with the expectation that they would make greater use of these options than their personal automobile


Antoine Belaieff is Director of Innovation at Metrolinx, responsible for advancing innovation at Metrolinx. He also oversees the Smart Commute Program, which delivers TDM services to employers and the Transit Partnership Initiative, which works with transit systems to purchase buses and related goods and services. Antoine is a Professional Planner and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management from McGill University, a Master's degree in Planning from the University of Toronto and a Master's degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.

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