Real-Time Transit App of the Day: A Ballet of Buses in San Francisco

SF Live Bus

The SF Live Bus app adds a bit of whimsy to the highly practical world of transit arrival data.

Real-time bus arrival software isn't exactly new at this point, but the SF Live Bus app and accompanying website deserves a special shoutout for ... let's call it whimsy. The free app, launched last month for iOS, lets you watch as San Francisco MUNI buses, represented by red pins on the map, move through the city. It goes beyond just arrival times to create a kind of animated bus ballet.

For anyone heading to San Francisco and planning to download the app, be advised that you need to have the very latest in Apple products.