VTrans ride-matching software survey

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) intends to procure services for online ride-matching (carpool) for the State of Vermont. The anticipated RFP release date is in early August 2016. In advance, VTrans is conducting a survey in order to develop a feasible scope of work that might support application interoperability. If you have thoughts about…

WWDC 2016: Public Transit in Apple Maps

Ellis Verosub, Senior Manager of Maps Transit at Apple gives us this video presentation that outlines the customer experience in Apple’s public transportation information & directions (see previous post, Welcome, Apple). Ellis describes the many thoughtful touches to transit info & maps in Apple Maps, such as cartography that highlights major transit lines Here is one especially nice touch: in some places with BRT…

Welcome, Apple

This is a long-overdue congratulations and acknowledgement of Apple’s addition of transit directions in the iOS 9 software that runs on iPhones, iPads, and iPods. In September, this iOS upgrade added public transit directions to Apple’s default maps application. See more on the iOS Maps page on apple.com or this June 8 article on theverge.com. As…

Visits soar to rome2rio, the international multimodal travel search site

rome2rio helps travelers to discover transportation between points on the globe, stitching together bus, train, ferry, air, and other options into multimodal itineraries. The site uses many sources for transportation data, including GTFS. In Fall 2015, Travel Trends News reported that visits to rome2rio soared, bringing the site to profitability. I take this partially as…