New innovative apps provide more info for riders; TriMet hosting first open data hackathon next week for future app development
TriMet is abuzz with open data and app excitement. As of this week, TriMet has nine new innovative apps in the agency app center that will provide riders options to search for their nearest stop, look up arrival information, and help riders plan and compares transportation options.
Next week the agency will host its first open data hackathon where developers will have the opportunity to incorporate new transit data, such as passenger load capacity and congestion information, into mobile applications to give riders more on-street information.
Lastly, TriMet’s own Geographic Information Systems (GIS) IT Manager, Bibiana McHugh, was featured in Outside Magazine recently for her work in creating an open data environment and credited her for her innovative work with Google and transit planners to create codify data. She helped TriMet become the first transit agency in the world to release data to the public, setting the trend for transit agencies everywhere.
Whether you’re planning transit trips, looking for bus and MAX info, or looking to develop an app of your own TriMet has set up the forum for that.
Nine new apps in the TriMet App Center
Riders should check out the nine new apps recently added to the TriMet App Center. With just couple clicks, riders can access apps to meet nearly all of their trip planning and transit tracking needs. Platforms include Android, Windows Phones, web and mobile web, iPhone, iPod and iPad products.
“TriMet has been an innovator around open data and open source technology for transportation,” said John Canfield, CEO of Nimbler, one of the nine new apps added. “If it had not been for TriMet’s leadership on GTFS and Open Trip Planner, apps like Nimbler would not be possible.”
Thanks to these developers, TriMet riders have a variety of helpful trip tools available to help make their transit trips easier. Check out the latest apps, all of which are free of charge:
- Nimbler: Searches for nearest stops, provides arrival information, displays a map and vehicles on map. For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- RideScout: Plans and compares transportation options. For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Acehopper: Provides schedules and real-time information. For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Walk Score: Provides transit scores and locates walkable apartments near public transit. For web browsers
- TripGo: Plans transit trips. For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, web browsers
- PortlandBus: Searches for stops, provides arrival information, displays a map, plans transit trips, shows real-time traffic cameras. For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Search Playground: Open-search tool for quickly finding arrival times and route info and planning trips from the browser search tool. For web browsers
- Smart Ride: Searches for nearest stops, provides arrival information, displays a map, plans transit trips. For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- efoBus: Searches for stops, provides arrival information, displays a map, plans transit trips. For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
These apps, created specifically for TriMet, all at no cost to the agency, are the most recent to join an impressive collection of transit apps.
“RideScout is excited to launch our app in support of TriMet’s vision of providing transportation options to connect people with their community, while easing traffic congestion and reducing air pollution,” said app developer Joseph Kopser, CEO, RideScout. “By showing people all their transit, carshare, bikeshare and ride-for-hire options by time and price, we hope to make life a little better for everyone in the Portland region.”
TriMet’s Open Data Developer Series
Anyone with an interest in transit applications should register for TriMet’s first open data hackathon next week. The hackathon will be part of the 2014 Open Source Bridge conference, June 24-27. TriMet will hold the event during this year’s conference on Wednesday, June 25, starting at 6 p.m. in the Hacker Lounge at the Eliot Center in downtown Portland.
TriMet’s Open Data Developer Series is a collection of three events designed to promote the use of transit, information related to transit and expand on TriMet’s developer resources.
During the first event, held in September of 2013, more than 65 developers and technology professionals along with transit leaders from across the nation, gathered in-person and virtually with TriMet staff to brainstorm the next innovations in transit applications. The series finale and celebration will be held this fall.
The Open Data Developer Series is a partnership between TriMet, INIT, Tait Communications, the Technology Association of Oregon, Isite Design and Metro.