BC Transit has endorsed a new mobility app for riders in an effort to improve the overall transit experience.
The app, available for both Android and iOS, is called Transit and will be available for use in 18 BC Transit systems.
According to the transportation authority, the app utilizes “real-time technology on buses in seven communities,” to provide riders with accurate arrival times where available. The interface also uses crowd-sourcing to provide trip information to customers.
“Upon launching the app, BC Transit riders see nearby options and departure times in big text and bright colours,” BC Transit wrote in a press release issued on Friday.
“Users can easily navigate the region, aided by accurate real-time bus ETAs, trip planning, step-by-step navigation, and crowdsourced real-time information with Transit’s GO feature.”
The endorsed Transit app will also include features such as NextRide, information that is available on BC Transit’s website, printed information, and access to customer call centres.
“BC Transit’s partnership with Transit offers a comprehensive, easy-to-use and widely-adopted app for riders,” says the transportation authority.
Under this agreement, BC Transit says it will also receive anonymized usage data to “improve planning processes and customizations to better serve the public.” According to BC Transit, this will include the ability to send important information directly to riders via Transit’s home screen.
The Transit app will be available for Vancouver Island riders in Campbell River, Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo, and Victoria.
For more details about Transit, including trip planning options, riders can visit: bctransit.com/trip-planning.