Chris Knight - Acutus Trading Ltd.
TransitTimes+ Adds Real-Time Vehicle Tracking and Trip Planning to App
August 1, 2012 in Travel
[prMac.com] Adelaide, Australia - Zervaas Enterprises announced today it added live vehicle tracking, trip planning, and official service alerts to its newly updated TransitTimes+ app for iPhone, iPad and Android, allowing commuters and travelers to quickly see when the next bus or train is arriving in real time and revolutionizing public transportation by making valuable trip planning data more easily accessible to riders.
The app now features transit schedules for over 50 cities, including 14 cities with vehicle positions and predictions that are continuously updated in real time.
Other newly added features include a trip planner so riders can find directions when they are not sure which bus or train to catch. The new tool lets users enter their starting location and destination to find helpful directions.
Also, TransitTimes+ shows official service alerts inside the app. These notifications provide riders with important updates about delays, construction, and news issued by transit agencies.
"Providing live information to anyone with a mobile device is the future of public transit," said Quentin Zervaas, owner of Zervaas Enterprises, which created the TransitTimes+ app. "We hope it encourages other agencies around the world to also provide this important data to their riders."
The TransitTimes+ app now offers real time tracking for buses in: Boston, Los Angeles (LA Metro only), New York City (Staten Island/Brooklyn only), Oakland, Ottawa, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, Utah (buses and TRAX), and Washington DC.
Inside the TransitTimes+ app, commuters can access the real-time tracking with a single tap. The live view shows the actual position of each bus on a high-quality map, along with the user's current location. Tapping a bus will show an estimate of how much longer until it arrives and the predicted time.
"You no longer need to wait in the rain or cold wondering when your bus will arrive," Quentin Zervaas said. "With our new real-time tracking, TransitTimes+ lets you plan your trip ahead of time, saving time and having a more pleasant commute."
Live tracking comes in addition to the full range of trip planning features in TransitTimes+. The app offers convenient bus, subway, ferry, train, and streetcar schedules for over 50 cities in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. After a city's schedule has been downloaded, it can be viewed even when the user is offline.
TransitTimes+ also shows the distance to each stop, how long the trip will take, the route on a map, and more. Travelers can view a summary of the route or all stops in between to make sure they board the right bus, in the right direction, and do not miss their stop.
Features of the TransitTimes+ app include:
* Live bus and train tracking - Users can see vehicle locations updated in real time
* Save time - See when the next bus, subway, ferry, train, or streetcar is coming
* Easy to use - Create favorite trips easily by route, suburb or street
* Add extra cities for free - Choose schedules from over 40 cities at no extra charge
* Works offline - After downloading the city, transit schedules are stored offline so no internet connection is needed
* Works on iOS and Android - Users can use the app on their favorite device
* iPhone (3GS, 4 or 4S), iPod touch (3rd or 4th generation), iPad, and Android
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later / Android 2.1 or later
* 3.1 MB
Pricing and availability:
TransitTimes+ 3.0 is currently available for sale worldwide through the App Store and Google Play in the Travel category for $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies). Review copies are available upon request.
Purchase and Download (iOS)
Purchase and Download (Android)
Based in Australia, Zervaas Enterprises specializes in creating travel and navigation apps for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Copyright (C) 2012 Zervaas Enterprises. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.