Yes we all know that waiting for the buses, trains and the metros is how much terrible. We also that how their delays can actually ruin our plan, but now is the time to find out the solution that could combat with the above situations.

Needless to say, mobile apps are the only medium that can help us to get rid from the above problems, reason being they are now engineered in quite a capable form. According to a recent study, an institute in Germany named as Fraunhofer is working on the Infrastructure of the transportation systems for making it smart.

They are developing an app named as SMART-WAY that will monitor the public vehicles on a real time basis so as to keep the traffic jams and condition of waiting at a bay. Users will get the information related with advent time of the vehicles, their fares, real time location etc with a one stop sophisticated mobile solution. Interesting isn’t?

The development of apps such as SMART-WAY had given a rise to the real time public transportation tracking app development. Well, it is new, toil but not an impossible task, in case you have identified an astute Mobile App Development Company.

Now, this post will make your task easier as all the features, best attributes, technologies and cost are outlined here. So, all you have to do is to read and discuss them with your app development partner and you will be certainly reserved with the best real time public transportation app in the niche with just a couple of steps.


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Another overview of a real time train monitoring app:

CRIS: Center for railway information system – This is a real time tracking app that is being introduced by the Indian Government for tracking the location, advent and the departure time of the trains along with the routes, destination and the major stations covered.

National Train Enquiry System (NTES) Android App
Indian Railways Official app developed for the travelers for meeting their holiday and vacations requirements, official trips, tours, and daily commutes. All the information about the trains running and the real time status is being delivered for all the Indian trains.


• Identify the train and live station
Save the train schedule
• Determine the trains between the stations
• Status of the cancelled or the rescheduled trains
• Diverted Trains
• Manage the train status and schedules


User Panel

This is the basic section of the app where users will land on. They can register with the aid of social networks or the email account credentials.

Location map view
According to their destinations, users can view the location of buses, trains or the metros as per their own convenience.

Search nearby transport mode
Users can find out the most nearby transport modes resonating with their destinations. This way they can easily identify the mode of transportation to be chosen.

Select the pickup and drop off location
Users can select the pickup and the drop off locations and can accordingly check the buses, trains or the metros covering the particular route.

Find the nearby distance and the pickup time
Users can identify the time in which the buses, trains or the metros will be available from their nearby locations and check the pickup time as well.

Add /save favorite location
Users can save their favorite locations as well and can accordingly select for the required transportation modes with a convenient approach.

Estimated fare with the each transportation mode
Under this section, users can check the estimated fare according to their destinations that will be incurred with the associated transportation modes.

Push notification
Users get the push notification before the arrival of the buses, metros, when the destination is nearby, miles covered and much more.

Social Media integration
Users can share the information related with the buses, trains and the metros and their time schedules as well on the social media as well.

Ride history
Users can view the ride history as well. They can check the most cost effective rides taken and can choose for the appropriate transportation modes.

Know the arrival time
Under this section, users can get the arrival times of buses, trains and metros and can check out the time required to reach the stop from your current location.

check out the appropriate transportation modes and fare
This is s little advanced feature. Users can specify the number of passengers they are and can check out the appropriate transportation modes and the fare charges as well. It works great while you are getting any event or a business meeting.

Rate Drivers
Users can rate the drivers as well. Owing to their driving behavior, time adherence and practices followed by him while being in traffic.

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Admin App:

Well, this section is similar to the user app. Here the admin makes his own new account can with the authenticated user name and password.

Admin can manage his profile as well. He /She can update the professional information about the experiences gathered and expertise.

View on-line passengers
Under this section, users can view the online passengers that are looking for different transportation services and modes.

List of service providers
Well, all the services providers of the buses, trains and metros are attuned with the app. The admin monitors them all along with their route information, number or vehicle working and all the related details.

Analyze the vehicle information
Under this section, admin can analyze the vehicle information that is attuned with the app in order to maintain a transparency.

Subscription management
All the packages that come with advanced set of services such as finding out the number of seats available in the buses, trains etc are managed by the admin.

Show estimated fare
All the estimated fares enlisted according to the standards or transportation industries are managed and monitored by the admin.

Payment management (if any)
This is any optional feature of the admin panel. In case the app comes with the subscription packages or the in-app purchases, the payments models can be integrated for making the payments in a hassle free manner.

Send push notifications
All the notification regarding with the advent of the metros, buses or trains, estimated fares etc are delivered to the users.

Monitor miles travelled and trip ID
Admin monitors the miles covered by the users and the trip ID associated with each and every passenger so as to keep a transparent track.

Real time vehicle tracking
Admin has the right of tracking all the vehicles on real time basis so as to deliver the right information to the users about the traffic congestion, about the arrival time and estimated time that will be required in reaching the destinations.

Update Vehicle status BUSY/AVAILABLE
This is a highly sophisticated feature of the app. According to the real time statistics accumulated by the admin, he can list the seats availability and can update status to busy in case the vehicle comes overloaded with the passengers.

Control API keys
All the API keys are managed by the admin. He has all the reserved rights for verifying the user identity and in case of some security threats he can change the keys as well for maintaining an upgrade security.

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Advance Features:

Make your journey layout:
Now since we are talking about the some of the best features of a real time public transport app, then here is the foremost feature. With the help of the journey layout feature, users simply have to enter their pickup and drop off location.

The app will calculate the miles to be covered and will select the most convenient transportation mode along with the fare charges. Users can simply opt for the best vehicle and they can reach at the stop as suggested by the app, so as to miss the bus, train and metro. They can even check the status of public transport such as trains before the long journeys so as to be sure about the time and cost standards.

Create real time graphs
With the help of this feature, users can check the real time locations, time standards and about the various details of the buses, trains and the metros.

They can easily check the location of the desired vehicles depending on their destinations. These graphs display all the information related with the routes that are pre-defined. Therefore according to their convenience they can select the desired transportation standards as required

Well this is a great feature of a real time public transportation app and it keeps the users attuned with the app and the arrival time. All the notification related with the arrival time, fares etc are delivered to the users. They are notified with the alerts as well when they are nearby to the drop off location. This is great way to keeping the users engaged with the app and augments the app usability standards.

In-route alerts
Well, coming to a more advanced level here users will not only able to determine the location of the vehicles on a real time basis, but will be able to figure out the areas covered with maximum traffic, major disruptions in the route or can gather an information about the intermediate buses or the metro that can help in reaching the destination under the less time frame. The users can get all the corresponding information from the app and can schedule the journey accordingly.

News and updates
Now this feature adds elegance to your real time public transport of an app. Under this feature all the news and updates that are concerned with the travelling, fare charges, undergoing constructions on the roads and about anything are informed to the users. This works great in keeping the users aware about all the ongoing and trending travelling norms and keeps them at a bay from taking the paths loaded with disruptions.

Geo Location
Now since we are talking about the real time location, the role of geo location actually cannot be missed upon while developing a superior quality real time public transport based mobile app. For identifying the correct location, Apple Maps and the Google Maps can be used in the iOS and Android based app respectively.

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Technologies Used:

Implementing the right technological standards is a must while developing a robust and sophisticated Real time public transport app.  Making a real time based app is slightly different from other mainstream applications. App developer needs to be aware of the technicalities and about the system that works before investing in this genre.

One of the major concerns that come with development of such apps is that the app developers are required to integrate the API’s that are given by the main governmental authorities and the controlling sections of the public transportation affairs. Here the app developers are required to access the database of all the public transportation vehicles that are embedded with the sensors and the connectors.

So, it is must that you contact a highly sophisticated Mobile App Development Company for making such apps. Yes, these apps can actually remodel the way people used to wait for buses, metros or the trains.

The concept of real time monitoring apps is now embarking the high crowed cities and some of them such as San Francisco have started using such apps for analyzing the traffic rates. Here, find out the basic technologies that are required for building a polished and excelled real time public transportation app

APNS( Apple push notifications/FCM( Firebase cloud messaging)   –   For Push Notifications
Twilio, Sinch, Nexmo –   For SMS, Voice and Phone Verification
Braintree, Stripe & PayPal –   For accepting payments
GWT – For Powerful Programming
Datastax – For Data Management
Mail Chimp Integration , Mandrill – For everything related to emails
Debian, Macintosh, Ubuntu, CentOS – The Universal Operating System
Database – MongoDB, Hbase, Cassandra, Postgress
Cloud Environment – AWS and Google
Realtime Analytics – Hadoop, Spark, BigData, Apache Flink, Cisco, IBM
MEAN stack (MongoDB, Express JS, Angular JS, Node.js) – For making the functionality of the app quite fast and fluent

Protocols used for developing a real time public transportation based mobile app.

FTP- File transfer protocol
HTTP/HTPPS- For web services communication
TCP/IP- For socket computing
RTMP/- For real-time messaging
SSL/TLS- For security

       App development process

Once you have outlined the basic features for developing a real time public transport app mobile app, it is time to process and initiate with the correct development procedures. It is very imperative to roll out your app through the below procedures in order make it a big success across the industrial niche.

Now before you jump with your app idea into this massive hyper competitive market, it is important that you analyze your competitors and potential market audiences, their corresponding desires, market share, growth prospective so as prepare the basic architecture of app with an clear ideation.

Once all the features are listed down, it’s the time to indulge the business analysis teams so as to develop resonating wire-frames, SRS etc. It is great way to showcase the operability and functionally criteria’s and also models your app idea into reality.

The app design can be said as the essence of your app. It should be designed in such a way that it offers a rich navigation experience with the users.   The more beautifully your app is designed the more users it will encourage thus make sure that it is developed with an utmost elegance and simplicity.

This step can be said as the building block step, as it is in this step where the actual development of app starts. Determine all the coding and programming strategies and find out all the associated platform concerns and the processes that are required for engineering a sophisticated mobile app.

Quality Assurance
Now, certainly this is very important. For sure the users will abandon your app in case it comes with plentiful of glitches. It should be able to display the date required by the users with a seamless approach. Therefore, perform rigorous testing and apply all the other standard techniques as well, for delivering an optimized efficiency.

All the efforts that are put into while developing the app are finally showcased on the surface in this step. Hence, apply all the correct marketing skills in order to popularize your app.  The app lunching is a very curial step and it solely determines your app success ratios and pays off your hard work.

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Required Team Structure

Engineering an impeccable real time public transport Mobile App, is yes very tedious and can be accomplished only when you hit upon the right and experienced and best Mobile App Development Company. Therefore, for making your app certainly you require talented pool of skilled mangers, mobile app developers, designers and testers. Well identifying them is where the effort is required to be put into, for developing an extraordinary diet planner mobile app.

Project Manager: He/she should be inculcated with the extra ordinary skills and must pose the ability to identify the best in the mobile app industry landscape. She/he should be capable of finding the most productive solutions as to achieve your business goals and insights.

Developers: Android App Developer, IOS App Developer, Back-end App Developers

Designers: Expert UX/UI designers, Graphic Designer

Testers: A team of proficient and skilled QA experts for delivering a smooth and a rich experience to users

Cost of developing a public transport mobile app

Well, the finalized price of an app entirely depends on the functionalities, size and the rates that are laid by the different app developer coming from the different physical locations.
So, here find out a quick analysis for determining the exact and clarified cost real time public transport app:

  • A simple and reasonable real time public transportation mobile app with minimum functionalities or an MVP will cost around $15,000-$18,000
  • Developing a more advanced real time public transport app with real time functionalities can cost $25,000-$28,000
  • Developing an app with the complete set of aforementioned features and with a sound technology stack can cost around $38,000-$40,000. But then the chance of becoming your app a complete hit augments at a very impressive rate.

So if you have your project requirement ready, developers at Octal IT Solution can convert it into the reality.