A similar service for Grand Rapids could be a tool to help attract non-riders by bringing transit to their fingertips -- literally. What makes this service a great tool is that it reduces the time needed for planning a trip. A potential feature for a local service could be up to the minute arrival times not just preset timetables. For example, if a bus is stuck in traffic or somehow gets behind schedule, the itinerary will reflect that. If such a system were implemented in GR, how helpful would it be? Could it attract new riders?
Dec 3, 2007
Transit at your finger tips.
What if you could send text the folks at ITP from your mobile phone and receive a step-by-step transit itinerary? No more fumbling with a timetable and service map. This is exactly what a new service in Portland, OR. is offering to customers of its TriMet transit system. Rail and bus riders in the metro area can simply send a text containing: origin, destination, departure and arrival time. This free service will send a message on how to reach the destination point via the multi-modal system in that city.