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In iOS 6, the built-in Maps application no longer provides public transportation information. Instead, it kicks you to 3rd party apps that provide that functionality. I'm currently running iOS 5, and won't update until I know there's a way to easily look up bus routes under iOS 6. How can I determine if there are 3rd party transit apps that cover my region?

I'm being deliberately vague on the region I'm living in, as I want a generic answer that will be useful to public transit users in all regions.

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I'm not sure what generic answer will apply here, other than to search the App Store for a term like "<my city name> + transit"... Now, there are several vectors for searching the App Store: directly, through Google, or through apps and sites like AppShopper that aggregate that data.

One of those latter options might provide a specific search or list of transit apps for various regions, but I don't know of any off-hand.

That said, selecting Transit directions in the iOS 6 Maps app apparently brings up this screen (source):

Maps transit directions dialog

Which may or may not search intelligently for applicable apps under the From the App Store section. Unfortunately, I can't test this yet - I'll do so tomorrow, after I've installed iOS 6.

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It does intelligently search for applicable apps. App makers are able to submit to Apple region data that indicates what regions their transit apps cover. But that's of little use when you aren't going to run iOS 6 unless you know that there are suitable apps available. – Keen Sep 19 '12 at 20:16
Fair enough... I can't think of an answer to "how to determine if there are <such and such apps?" that doesn't boil down to "search for them", though. Can you perhaps clarify the question in terms of where, specifically, you want to find this information? – Dan J Sep 19 '12 at 20:26
By "where" do you mean "where I physically live" or where as in a tool? The question is asking for that tool. If I edit the question to just have my specific city, then it's pretty localized. I'm looking for a way for someone to determine if their area has a transit app. If the only answer is 'search the app store for region + transit' then that's that. – Keen Sep 19 '12 at 20:31
I meant "where" as in a tool. And I've updated my answer based on your comments, to include the possibility of 3rd-party lists of apps. – Dan J Sep 19 '12 at 20:35

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