Transit is an iPhone application designed to facilitate access to transit in Montreal and in 36 other cities in North America.
What distinguishes Transit is that it requires very little interaction to obtain the information needed. Using the geo-location of the device and displaying the information in a simple and visual way, users have instant access to schedule lines nearby.
Transit also has a trip planner that allows you to get the fastest way to travel from point A to point B. Because Transit operates with more than 100 transportation companies in North America, it's multimodal and includes all means of public transport available. In Montreal, for example, the trip planner integrates STM bus and subway, but also AMT commuter trains, transport companies in Laval and Longueuil, and all those of the northern and southern island.
Also, Transit is powered by open data of 102 transport companies, published in the GTFS format. Transit also uses real-time data from more than 40 transport companie , allowing schedules with greater precision and the location of vehicles.
The implementation Transit promotes and facilitates the use of transit. This is a good thing for the environment and it reduces the traffic in the big cities, while promoting access to open data.
In the suburbs as in the city, the citizens should see transit as a smart and responsible way to travel. To do so, it must be fast and reliable, but also easily accessible. Through the opening of its data, a transport company delegates a major part of the problem of access to the service application developers .
It should be therefore an opportunity for that transport company to focus its energies on improving their service.
Several companies have to firstly better understand the importance that play in third-party applications in the accessibility of their service. If transit is becoming more popular year after year, it is partly thanks to the wide range of applications available today, which improve the accessibility of public transport.
Even better, these applications have absolutely no cost for transport companies, if not the opening and maintenance of open data.