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Have flights to the San Francisco and need to get around town or to and from the airport?

Major transportation agencies in the Bay Area, including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the California Highway Patrol and California Department of Transportation, have collaborated and published a free trip-planner app designed for optimal use on the iPhone 4.

The app, which has been available on Android smartphones since late February, detects your location and enables users to plan excursions on trains, buses and ferries throughout the San Francisco Bay Area’s nine counties.

Not only does the app produce a map displaying possible routes, nearby stops and attractions, it also provides walking directions to and from transit stops.

For people who are unfamiliar with the area or who may be distracted, the app provides alerts to users when their desired stop is approaching.

All told, the app covers 720 routes and 23,700 possible stops throughout the Bay Area.

Travelers passing through the Bay Area don’t necessarily have to download the Android or iPhone apps to take advantage of the 511 service because most of the features are also available on a mobile website,

And, people without smartphones or those who prefer to do things the “old-fashioned way” can access Bay Area transit information from their desktops at

A phone call works, as well — just dial 511 from anyone phone in the Bay Area to receive transit advice.
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