The “Transit” application now offers real-time information for RIPTA passengers


Are you waiting at a bus stop and wondering if your bus will arrive on time?

You no longer have to wonder. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has announced the introduction of real-time transit information through “Transit,” North America’s most popular public transportation app. Thanks to the Transit app, available for iPhone and Android, passengers can now get accurate arrival forecasts from all RIPTA lines. In addition to letting passengers know when their bus is arriving, the Transit app also allows customers to watch their approaching buses on a map, reducing wait times at stops and relieving commuter anxiety.

“We believe that public transit is the backbone of our economy and that it plays a critical role in connecting our communities and providing access to jobs,” said Barbara Polichetti, Director of Public Affairs for RIPTA. “That’s why we’ve been looking for ways to provide our customers and partners with the practical and timely information they need, and we believe that the real-time tracking provided by the Transit app will give them the power to better plan their day with less fear. to miss the bus ”. RIPTA uses Global Positioning System (GPS) to track its buses and one of the challenges it has faced is finding ways to make this information available to the public with an easy to use interface. “This is one of the reasons we are so excited to work with Transit,” said Polichetti. “They are used to using this kind of data to help transport authorities provide a better experience for their customers. Working with Transit, RIPTA joins dozens of other transportation agencies in North America, including Boston’s MBTA, who recently announced that Transit would be the only agency-approved app in their city.

“Technology brings exciting and useful tools to public transport,” said Polichetti, noting that last weekend, RIPTA participated in a state-wide mobile app “hackathon” challenge, in which a wide range of young developers used the real-time bus data from RIPTA to come. with their own ideas for RIPTA applications. “We will be following the hackathon teams, so there may be other developments useful to our passengers on the road,” said Polichetti. “We are also working with Google to integrate our real-time information into Google Maps.”

With an intuitive interface, the Transit app helps users navigate transportation networks easily with accurate real-time forecasts, simple trip planning, and step-by-step navigation. Transit’s journey planner includes real-time information, so expected arrival times will be based on vehicles’ GPS locations rather than the official schedule. It also means that when using the Transit Trip Planner, users can discover public transport connections which should be impossible (according to official timetables), but are clearly quite possible based on the actual locations of the passengers. bus.

Residents of Rhode Island wishing to try Transit on their mobile devices can download it for free from the App Store or Google Play. The thousands of RIPTA customers who have already used Transit when they are in other cities will not have to take any action; they will now see the precise arrival times on their selected routes in the app, indicated by pulsed waves.

Public transport solves urban travel in 125 cities around the world. At launch, it displays nearby transportation options and departure times in large text and bright colors. Users can easily navigate public transport with accurate real-time forecasts, simple trip planning, and step-by-step navigation. The app also integrates other modes of transportation – bike sharing, carsharing and Uber – so users can determine the best way to get from point A to point B. With millions of active users, Transit has become the main application of urban transportation in the North. America. The company is based in Montreal, QC. You can find out more by visiting www.transitapp.com

For more information on RIPTA services, passengers can call (401) 781-9400 or visit ripta.com.

Source: RIPTA