New York City is known for its severe traffic congestion and limited public transit options. To help improve the experience of commuting in the city, the Citymapper app has launched a free pilot programme that uses geofencing technology to provide real-time transit information to users.
The Citymapper app, which is available for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone, uses the iPhone’s built-in geofencing feature to provide transit information to users based on their current location. The app uses this data to provide alerts and updates about bus arrival times, subway arrival times, and train arrival times. The app also offers real-time crowdsourced transit information for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.
During the pilot programme’s first week, the app was used to provide about 5,500 updates for 667 users. This was an increase of about 600% compared to the app’s normal usage during that week. The app was able to provide more than 78,000 updates during its third week, while simultaneously maintaining its 5,500-user framework. The app’s usage grew by more than 1,600% during its first week of the pilot and by more than 3,300% during its third week.
Real-time transit information
The app allows users to view real-time transit information by tapping a button at the bottom right of the screen. During the pilot, the app was able to provide real-time information for over 11,000 stops, which is more than three times the number of stops that were previously available on the app.
The app also includes a “live map” feature that shows the locations of bus and subway routes as they travel along their routes. Users can view the live map by tapping the “m” button at the bottom of the screen.
Alerts for delays, disruptions, and service changes
The app’s real-time transit feature includes alerts for delays and disruptions. When a route is more than 15 minutes behind schedule, the app will alert users via push notification and the route information will be displayed on the map.
The app also includes a “service update” feature that provides real-time alerts for major service changes such as route revisions, service cancellations, and start or end times for service changes. The service update feature includes information such as start or end times, revised routes, and service changes for subway routes.
The alerts for delays and disruptions cover more than 90% of all public transit delays in New York City. The service update feature covers more than 90% of all public transit route changes.
Service updates for New York City’s public transit system
The app includes service updates for the city’s public transit system. These updates include schedules, route maps, and real-time alerts for delays and disruptions.
The service updates cover more than 90% of all bus routes and more than 90 percent of all subway routes. The app also includes service updates for the city’s commuter rail services and airports.
Pedestrian and bike navigation
The app includes real-time transit information, alerts for delays and disruptions, and service updates for the city’s public transit system. It also includes pedestrian and bike navigation based on real-time user input.
When a bus or subway is nearby, pedestrians can use the app to get real-time route information, view a map of the path the vehicle will take, and see if other travelers have already “flagged” the vehicle for assistance.
When cycling through a city, the app can provide real-time transit information, route suggestions, and alerts for delays and detours.
Reduced reliance on manual transit information
The app includes a “public transit” tab that includes real-time schedules and service updates for the city’s subway, bus, and commuter rail services. The app also includes information about New York’s bike share system, ferry service, and other public transportation options.
New Yorkers can also sign up for trip-planning services that help them avoid traffic by offering real-time transportation information. The service includes route suggestions, estimated travel times, and instructions for how to get to their destinations.
Help improve the overall commuting experience in New York City
The Citymapper app helps improve the overall commuting experience in New York City by providing real-time transit information, alerts for delays and disruptions, and service updates. The app also includes information about alternative forms of public transportation including bike and pedestrian paths, as well as car-sharing options.
The app’s real-time transit information, alerts for delays and disruptions, and service updates help make public transit more reliable and efficient. The information helps riders avoid long waits for buses and subways and helps reduce frustrated reactions from commuters.
The app’s real-time transit information also promotes active transportation by making cycling and walking options more convenient and accessible.
The Citymapper app is available for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. During the pilot phase, the app was used to provide real-time transit information, alerts for delays and disruptions, and service updates for more than 5,500 users. The app was able to provide more than 78,000 updates during its third week and more than 11,000 alerts for delays and disruptions during its first week of the pilot. The app was originally developed by MIT in 2014 and has been used across the globe to help improve transportation in major cities.