First New Orleans Public Transportation App Launches, Receives Solid Reviews

The first ever public transportation app for the iPhone and iPad, NOLA Transit,  launched last week. The app was created by Joel Carranza, a professional map maker and software developer for over 20 years now. NOLA Transit provides easy to follow directions, an interactive system map with a nearby stop list, a complete schedule and route information, and fast access to favorite stops in the city.

The app uses the data that the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) released to the public in May. For New Orleans, version 1.0 of the app is only just the beginning. According to Carranza, he has a long list of improvements he would like to make, but getting the app out there and receiving feedback was an important step for now.

Carranza posted in the NOLA Transit blog, “One advantage of a local app is that it can be tailored to fit the specific needs of a particular city. Over time, I’ll be releasing updates to the app which add new features and improve on existing ones. I want to invite everybody to participate in that process. If you’re using the app and have some suggestions on how it can be improved, please get in touch using twitter, facebook, or email. Your feedback is appreciated and will help make the app better.”

For more information, visit or read this interview with creater Joel.