Hey, you remember Routesy, right? That scrappy little iPhone app that got shut down by folks claiming they owned our Muni data (a two employee company called NBIS, which then said our coverage of the issue would cause them physical harm!), before being vindicated by the SF MTA and, eventually, returned to Apple’s app store in triumph.

Shortly after Routesy’s revival, city employee David Geller approached Routesy creator Steven Peterson, asking him if he’d like to join San Francisco’s “app store.” “It’s a real honor, especially after all the controversy, to have Routesy included in the official city app store. It shows that the city stands firmly behind app developers who want to make living in SF a bit more convenient.”

“It’s just the city being nice and linking to me” said Peterson when we asked if San Francisco was demanding a cut of any proceeds he makes through the store. “I don’t pay them anything.” (Which already casts San Francisco in a better light than NBIS.)

Demand for Routesy only seems to be increasing: “It’s hard to know for 100% sure, but it definitely seems that I’ve seen a sales spike due to the inclusion in the store” says Peterson.

People seem to love Routesy, but don’t take their word for it: Peterson’s given us a few copies of Routesy to give away to readers. (Before you ask, no, we have not taken one for ourselves. At ease, FTC.) Just enter the contest below and if you win, we’ll email you with how to get your free Routesy.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • kl2real

    Routesy rocks, and it’s nice to see the City doing the right thing for a company that makes living here MUCH easier. Though Muni still sucks, in general, Routesy makes it a bit more tolerable.

  • kl2real

    Routesy rocks, and it’s nice to see the City doing the right thing for a company that makes living here MUCH easier. Though Muni still sucks, in general, Routesy makes it a bit more tolerable.

  • Fion L.

    Routesy’s awesome! I bought it way back before the whole mess with NBIS and was SO happy when it went back online. It makes my life so much easier, especially because I basically take Muni everywhere I go (well, within the city, obviously).

  • Fion L.

    Routesy’s awesome! I bought it way back before the whole mess with NBIS and was SO happy when it went back online. It makes my life so much easier, especially because I basically take Muni everywhere I go (well, within the city, obviously).

  • Ajay

    The data is still not available from the SFMTA. I thought the whole purpose of the brouhaha was to make the realtime arrival/departure data public. So far the SFMTA has failed to do that.

  • Ajay

    The data is still not available from the SFMTA. I thought the whole purpose of the brouhaha was to make the realtime arrival/departure data public. So far the SFMTA has failed to do that.

  • Karl

    The fact that NBIS tried to bully Routesy and other “scrapers” before him was at the core of the whole affair. It appears to be corrected now. There was no discussion of a real time interface that Muni could published in the first place, or did I miss something?

  • Karl

    The fact that NBIS tried to bully Routesy and other “scrapers” before him was at the core of the whole affair. It appears to be corrected now. There was no discussion of a real time interface that Muni could published in the first place, or did I miss something?