Klubus is a small and simple Android app to quickly check departure times at all public transport stops and stations across the City of Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria. It is made for people who are familiar with the transport network and just want a quick and simple way to check the departure times, and is now available on the Play Store.
Already developed in 2014 as a spin-off of the departure monitor feature, implemented into the retired app Studentenportal even earlier in 2012, I was using it successfully since then. The app got updated to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow API 23), some UI cleanup and a lot of bug fixes, and is now published on the Play Store for free public use.
The public transport provider of Klagenfurt, Stadtwerke, unfortunately does not share its data with Google Maps and therefore has its own app available, Qando Klagenfurt. This app does the same as Klubus and some more (e.g. routing) and is not really bad either. In fact, I’d recommend it to people who are not familiar with the transport network because of the convenient routing feature. So why does Klubus exist at all? I like it, and competition leads to innovation :)
At first start, you will be greeted with a welcome page and a disclaimer. If you have disabled location tracking, the app will ask you to enable it to display your current position on the map. From Android 6.0, it will also request the permission for location tracking, which you should allow for the location tracking to work. The app also needs Google Play Services to display the map with the public transport stops and your position. Without location tracking, the map will be shown and can be navigated manually. Without Google Play Services, a list of stops will be directly shown instead of the map.
The main screen of the app is the map view, showing all stops across the city, your current position, and the 5 nearest stops in color coding. Departures can be viewed by selecting a stop on the map or one of the 5 nearest stops in the overlay panel. The map can be navigated with the same standard gestures as other map apps. A long press on a position will set a manual location and also display its 5 nearest stops.
The stops screen displays a list of all stops, and can be opened and searched through the search button in the action bar. By pressing the star, stops can be defined as favourites that will always be shown at the top of the list for quick access. Selecting a stop will also open the departures for this stop.
The departure view displays all upcoming departures at the current time. The list can be scrolled to the bottom and dynamically load further departures in the next 24 hours. A custom departure time and/or date can be set through the two buttons on the top of the list.