With iOS 6, the loss of Google Maps’ excellent transit directions, and Apple’s half-baked, car-centric replacement, the iPhone got a whole lot less useful to New Yorkers this past week. Embark NYC is a free app for subway directions that works brilliantly and looks great, echoing Vignelli’s signage throughout. It’s even smart enough that, if you ask for station-to-station directions, and you’d be better off walking to a different departure station, it will tell you.
As much of a pleasure as it is to use, Embark NYC is only for subways, though. If you want buses, commuter rail, or an app that works with several North American systems, The Transit App might also be work checking out. A handy feature: it can tell you which buses near you are going to arrive and when.