Simple app ruined by ads 1/5
People should be compensated for their work, but $5/year for a train schedule is excessive. Otherwise one is subjected to intrusive ads that cover the entire screen and play loud sounds.
There is a reasonable compromise but some developers believe they should make a lot of money for an app that is on the level of a term project.
All extra features are unreliable or pointless... so this is still just a train schedule displayed on your phone.
Accurate and Easy 5/5
Before this app I would use Chicago metra’s website to see times and whether or not trains were delayed. IT WAS TOTALLY UNRELIABLE! Their GPS “feature” is crap and only sometimes works. I am amazed that this app is capable of being so accurate. USE THIS APP if you want to know when the train is coming. Its also free. I mean the ads can be a little annoying but they’re not too bad compared to the quality time checking you get.
On Time Schedule Alerts 4/5
Great App 5/5
Love it as it keeps track of my train and allows me to notify my wife which train in on
Pay for Premium? Ads still freeze it 1/5
This was once a fairly useful app for Metra schedules. Then the developer inserted ads, which immediately prevent the user from accessing the schedule for as long as the ad shows. There is an in-app premium subscription that purports to stop the ads. It does not. At all. The ads continue to interrupt the use of the app and occasionally freeze the app. Then the user must restart the app and wait for the next set of ads to load. Excellent example of a good app that the developer utterly ruined. The paper schedules are free and don’t have ads.
By Chill out daniel
Very nice app
Review of metra app 3/5
App is sluggish. Does not load outside of my house like it use to And is always searching to upload. It is no good unless I run it in the morning before I go to work. Who has the time? I use to run it anywhere Now it only shows me the schedule if I upload it before I leave home. Not as good as it was last Summer.
Not bad, but.... 4/5
Don’t like the gambling pop ups
Quick, easy, informative 4/5
Used whenever traveling downtown to keep informed on train status; very helpful.
Great app! 5/5
Awesome and easy to use app...love it! ❤️
Not bad 3/5
It could be a lot better, it’s average.
Do NOT trust this app 1/5
This app didn’t indicate the train I was getting on was an express train. Even though I entered the correct destination, the train did not stop there and continued way past my destination. I was even charged extra for the extra distance and for the ticket back to my correct stop. Don’t download this app.
Easy to use 4/5
I have taken Metra rarely in my life. Sorry folks, my work has never been within 5 miles of a Metra station and it would be too long and costly to use it for work. However, I have started using Metra to go to events downtown. I found this app on the app store before a recent trip. It is easy to use, intuitive, and has useful features to remind you about your train schedule even when you are not thinking about it. I knocked one star off because I would like to buy tickets through the app. Other than through the conductor, Metra makes it hard to get tickets. The ticket app is horrible and this would be a logical app in which to buy them.
Hate the pop up ads 2/5
Annoying Pop-Over Ads Ruined App 1/5
I’ve been using this app for years as a quick reference for upcoming train times when I can’t take the usual trains. One of the recent updates added a pop-over ad that completely blocks the information you need. While running for a train, trying to see how fast you need to be, the last thing I need is to contend with this pop over. A banner ad would be fine. I took a look at the Ventra app for schedules. It provides the same features of count downs and favorites. I’ll be using that now.
Does what it should 5/5
A good app for train schedules
Not worth the advertising in new version 1/5
It’s a train schedule. That’s it. I downloaded the new version and the advertising was intolerable. Now I use the Ventra schedule.
This app is ridiculously inaccurate. It rarely lists the correct arrival time resulting in unexpectedly long waits for a train. You’re better off just showing up and taking your chances.
Too many disruptive ads 2/5
I have regularly used this app as my go to for quick schedule checks. The new version has tons of pop up ads which impede my ability to quick check a schedule. It takes longer for ad to go away or be able to close it than it does to check the schedule. This development shows no understanding of how the app is actually used. I will probably stop using it and just use the Ventra app instead as a result.
Never accurate info 1/5
The app gets updated to say a train is late but the locater says the train is where it's supposed to be. Is it not possible to show the actual stop the train is at? When a train is late it would be nice to see the train moving in the app rather than simply going by the scrolling delay message
Post timely delay updates 4/5
Metra does not always announce or update its Union Pacific W line delays in an immediate manner online. Often times it’s hard to hear announcement on platform.
Does not give live information or service alert on time 1/5
The train UP-NW 640 was delayed for 30 mins. Neither there was an alert on time not the live information showed correct location of the train.
The train stops continued to progress on the app even though the train was stopped at a particular stop. Sync with live information is not correct.
Serious bug. 1/5
I open up this app and within a minute an ad or clickbait pops up and covers the entire screen.
I have to kill the app and reopen it in order to get to the train schedules.
These full screen ads are a nuisance and hinder functionality.
Great app!!!! 5/5
Wow this is so useful!! Thank you. Amazing seeing train times. As well seeing train duration for the ride and even updates in the train your on all in one clean experience/design
By lil' yellow
I’m extremely confused why I can’t purchase train tickets on the metra app. Seems like That should of been the first thing programed on a passenger train app. I will say I appreciate it always being up to date but it’s extremely annoying have to go to the website if I want to get a ticket. Just put it all in one place. I also don’t u defat and why attendants are the stations are never there past 2 and passengers get charged extra for that. Blows my mind.
Great planning tool. 5/5
By Chicago Joe
Read train schedules and real time updates with ease.
Schedule accuracy is spotty 1/5
Great app 5/5
I have been using this app for a number of years and I love the up to date info or latest updates. Have recommended this app to everyone I know who takes metra.
Good for schedule and that’s about it 3/5
This app keeps is a great train schedule and is awesome for looking up various train times quickly based on where you want to go. Anything else it offers is practically useless. Its train tracking and check in in real time is useless. In fact, it is extremely dishonest about train locations. For example, my train is 5 min late right now and the app says it’s already 3 stops away. A good app but far from a great one.
On time 5/5
I really do like this app
Just bad 1/5
I’m surprised this is the official app for Chicago metra, it’s bogged down with terrible performance and a ton of ads. How isn’t there a free metra app with updated information? The updates given hardly ever reflect actual timeframes. This app is quintessential Chicago transit; corrupt and having money go into the pockets of executives/administration over workers, new equipment/technologies.
Update: I take the train 5-7 days of the week, since I’ve posted this review my trained has honestly been delayed 50 percent of the time, and not by a couple minutes, rather 10-15. Two weeks ago our train was stuck at a red light for 30 minutes. Metra is corrupt and by using an app that has ads is a prime example
Good app for travelers 5/5
Good app. Sometimes it locks up but I just close it out and it always works.
Love this app 5/5
Wonderful for trip planning!
Perfect Ap for train schedule. 5/5
No more digging out the paper schedule. Instant information at your fingertips along with delay info. Perfect for what it does.
Great app 5/5
This is a great app. I am able to follow my son as he comes home and it gives me alerts regarding the trains.
Lots of great useful features 5/5
Well designed and very useful. I especially like the dynamic tool that displays the current arrival time of a given train, taking into account current delays. This feature is practical and allows me to plan if I am picking someone up at a station or prepping dinner.
Great App! 5/5
By A kaiser
Highly recommended if you use the Metra.
Great App 5/5
Great app. Totally up to the minute! Love the countdown.
Prompt and Efficient Information 5/5
I’m new to this app; so far, it’s been great!
Useless and slow 1/5
The first thing I noticed about this particular app and related apps is that it will not hold the transit times after you close the app even if you immediately reopen it. It takes 2 to 3 minutes to download all of the train times. This is unnecessary and frustrating.
Next is the fact that it will not accommodate travels that switch lines such as purple to red. It simply says That no such connection is possible. This is unfortunate. Other programs clearly accommodate train switches. It’s unbelievable that this company would produce so many inferior products.
Needs work 3/5
Easy convenient 5/5
Easy way to get Metra times 5/5
Much better than Ventra for figuring out train schedules.
Hasn’t failed me yet! 5/5
Easy to use
Best App!! 5/5
By David the Wedding Band Leader
This app is super easy to use. 100% accurate. They’re not interested in selling you anything just getting you the info you need as quickly as possible. It’s a life saver. Great job! Highly recommend download it whether you commute every day or even just on the weekends. Smart people who take the train need this!
Works well 5/5
Define favorite station pairs and one click to check reverse direction. Perfect. I have six pairs defined for 3 lines to downtown Chicago, with couple of stations on each line. Works perfect to check exact time, figure out if I should go to next station if earlier station is cutting too close etc.
Ad for premium version won't close 1/5
So annoying. I click no thanks a million times and it stays open. Can't read the train times