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International Perception of Public Transportation.

Original post made by International Perception of Public Transportation, Palo Verde, on Dec 13, 2017

I was recently talking with someone from Dublin, Ireland, who has developed an app for public transport and it seems to work well. It enables the user to find the nearest bus stop or train station to the user's present location, to type the final destination and the app tells you how to get there by public transportation, the time the bus or train will arrive at both the departure and arrival points including the cost of the ride as well as being able to buy a ticket through the app.

He was asking me whether it would be worth coming to Silicon Valley to try and develop his app for this area. His impression is that we would already be far ahead of what he had developed but was hoping to try. I explained we had nothing like it and he could try starting with Caltrain. He got back to me a couple of weeks later explaining that they didn't actually have any real time information of where their trains were unless the driver actually contacted them about a delay.

He told me that there was no point in coming here to try and develop his app. His shock was understandable, and my response was to be completely embarrassed.

Comments (2)

Posted by local source
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 13, 2017 at 9:33 pm

Google Maps already does this...

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I use it all over the world...

Posted by resident
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 14, 2017 at 10:32 am

We also use Google Maps for public transit both locally and when traveling out of the country. There are better apps for some specific regions (with more details about local conditions, etc), but Google Maps works well enough for us that we don't bother trying to figure out the others. Google Maps keeps improving, too. I think Google Maps has realtime information for most local transit systems, including busses and trains.

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