Another update, another horrible design choice!
Can you guys please stop making it 'more complicated' to get around? There is absolutely no reason I need a start screen asking what I want to do before I can start using your app.
Let me see where I am, choose a trip, search of nearby stops and get to where I'm going - all without things that break my workflow.
To remind you guys, people using your app are mainly trying to go somewhere. Anything that makes them take a break from traveling to try and navigate you app is a deal breaker.
Your old interface wasn't perfect, but it didn't break my concentration.
What you app does now: I need to look at your app, stop figure out where I am stop choose a bus line stop check times stop decide if I'm going to take a line I want or stop ask the app for directions stop wait to get on the bus stop enter ride mode stop get on and off the bus stop get directions and repeat the entire process again.
What it should be: I open the app and see where I am and close stops with their bus times. stop whether I know where I'm going or not, I choose directions, and get the whole path with turn by turn directions telling me where to go, wait for the bus and get on, am told when I get off, am told where to go for my connecting bus, and get to my location.
Yeah, switing automatically to ride mode when the bus starts moving, or even offering me an alternative route if the live gps detects I missed my connection are gravy and added features (they weren't in the old version either), but they're features that don't distract me from traveling!
Everything you've done since version 4 has made people need to spend more time in your app (figuring out if they're going the right way, tapping through screens), and less time getting around!
2 years ago, we advocated your app to every exchange student that came to our school. Now we're searching for alternatives. You shouldn't be proud about being the best of crappy bus apps, you should strive to be a decent bus app overall.