Works with Google Maps on new technology pilot
TriMet and Google Maps are teaming up again. This time it’s to help riders have another way to get real-time transit information based on Google’s Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) beacons deployed across Portland area MAX light rail transit stations. The beacons are installed on TriMet’s 87 MAX light rail station platforms. As we test the technology, we’ll also look to refine the design of the beacons and their placement on the platforms.
In 2005, TriMet partnered with Google as the first transit agency to release schedule and arrival data to the public. With this latest pilot, TriMet riders who have devices running the latest version of Android (5.0+, Lollipop) and who have the latest version of Google Maps installed, will be eligible to receive the notifications. Below is an example of how real-time transit information will appear based on beacon technology:
BLE beacons enable capable nearby mobile devices to receive useful and relevant information. Using this signal, Google Maps can automatically and seamlessly provide information that is valuable to riders, including transit schedules and alerts to their mobile devices. Learn how to opt-out here: https://support.google.com/gmm/answer/6149565
“Our riders are very tech savvy, and we’re pleased to be able to offer another way to provide transit information in an easy format,” said Tim McHugh, TriMet’s Chief Information Officer.
TriMet provides about 100 million rides annually on its buses, MAX light rail and WES Commuter Rail trains in the Portland, Oregon metro area. TriMet has long been a leader when it comes to tech applications and public transit. In 2005 TriMet took an innovative approach to developer engagement by becoming the first transit agency in the world to release data to the public, setting the trend for transit agencies everywhere.