Citymapper is now a whole lot more viable in the United States.
Citymapper has long been one of the best mobile navigation apps. Some, including myself, would say it’s even better than Google Maps. Now it’s available to more people in the United States.
The Google Maps alternative for iOS and Android announced Monday it launched navigation support for 17 more cities in the U.S. These include Pittsburgh, Dallas, Miami, the Twin Cities, and several more. You can find the full list of supported cities here.
This is noteworthy because prior to Monday’s update, only eight cities or regions in the entire country had access to the app, which I think offers a better navigation experience than Google Maps. (Of course, Google Maps is available in far more locations, as in pretty much everywhere.) Specifically, Citymapper was locked to so-called coastal elites, with Philadelphia and Chicago the only non-coastal cities where it was available.
If you’re in one of those new cities, give Citymapper a shot. It’s not terribly different from Google Maps, but it’s better at fitting multiple transit options onto the screen at once and has a big fat “Get Me Home” button on the home screen. It’s one of the most useful buttons in the history of buttons.
You might not love it as much as Google Maps, which is understandable, but you should at least give Citymapper the time of day.