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New app for Muni aids navigation from A to B in Bay Area

Muni officials are looking for riders to try out their new free application for the iPhone and Android devices, called Muni+.

Launched on Tuesday, the app connects Muni riders to alerts about delays on the system. They can also check their Clipper Card balance, connect to NextMuni for arrival times and access to a map of the city. Riders will also be able to check Twitter for updates about delays or just random Muni shenanigans from Twitter users who use the hash tag Muni and tweets from sfmta_muni, the official Muni Twitter handle.

The app is currently in a three-month trial phase. The transit agency is seeking input first before it launches a one to two year pilot app that would include ads to generate revenue, said Muni spokesman Paul Rose.

The transit agency teamed up with Sky Highways, Inc., which develops apps for public transit agencies, and has an office in Oakland. The company covered the costs of developing the app during the three-month trial phase, according to Rose. 

It joins the ranks of other free apps like Routesy, which includes BART, Caltrain and AC Transit arrival time information, and Smart Ride, which includes all of the Bay Area transit agencies and more than two-dozen transit agencies throughout the United States. Both though are only available on the iPhone.

Download Muni+ in the Apple Store 

Download Muni+ in Google Play (Android)