The Bay Area Rapid Transit system in San Francisco new trip planning mobile application that considers transit data from more than 30 transportation operators providing easy door-to-door travel. The multimodal trip-planning, developed by HaCon, a division of Siemens Mobility, will now consider biking, walking, car routes and current traffic conditions when calculating routes and travel times giving an overview how riders can access the BART system.
Most Americans, in fact nearly 80 percent, view public transit as the backbone. Working bike, car-and scooter sharing platforms into the BART trip-planning app will definitely be a possibility. With its forward-thinking approach to offering multimodal travel chains, BART is one of the first U.S. transit agencies to provide complete end-to-end itineraries.
Other cities — Los Angeles, Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; and Portland, Oregon, to name a few are actively involved in projects to introduce multimodal trip-planning and payment all with one app.
The HaCon system used by BART, which took about four months to develop, is a baseline software platform that can be customized to meet the differing needs of transit agencies, explained HaCon officials. The backbone of a number of systems are built on the same platform and customized to meet the needs of the riders. The benefit would be that it can be built to have interoperability across transit systems, if they agree to share data, however, without that agreement, they are standalone apps.
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Dubai’s RTA has a similar system with the Wojhati journey planner. However, multi-model trip-planning is still limited only to only RTA systems (metro, marine and bus) and there are no payment options as yet. Private Transit systems like Uber, Careem and bike sharing systems within areas like the marina and downtown will also need to be linked to meet the growing demands customers. Finally, a payment system for the entire journey pre-hand would provide a seal for the application to lead the conversation around a multi-disciplinary approach to trip planning.
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