"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." ~Mahatma Gandhi
Even if it was funded by TriMet (which it wasn't), it would still be worth the $$.
I don't think I have even one rider on any buses I have driven, E-V-E-R, and I am not kidding, that has ever used any of these applications Max!As matter of fact, had it not been for you, I would still be using the transit tracker!Most people I move, use the schedules.That's right Max they don't even use the transit tracker!It's fluff and stuff from where I sit.So who is funding this then, if its not Trimet?
Of course you don't see people using the trip planner -- it's generally used at home from a desktop PC."TriMet's web site averages over 950,000 visits per month and about 550,000 of those visits are to plan transit trips. "Or if you don't believe that -- go look at Google's stats. "trimet trip planner" is the second most common search for people in the Portlad metro area!To answer your question, this was funded by $150K 2-year grant from Metro; and it was also co-developed by people around the world.Also: I think Transit Tracker and the other third party apps are used a lot more than you think. PDXbus, for example, is reported to generate more than 100,000 hits a day.I think the question to ask the riders is: "Do you ever check to find out when the bus is coming? How do you do that?"...then see what they say. Maybe I'll conduct a little survey.
BTW:Even if nobody used 3rd party apps, who cares? TriMet's investment is peanuts -- they already have the hardware on the buses and produce the data for their own dispatch system, Transit Tracker by phone/web/text, etc. Creating the data is expensive, but providing access to what you're already doing costs TriMet basically nothing.Also I should reiterate, of course, that what has been announced isn't a third party app at all -- it's a new trip planner (i.e. to replace the one that TriMet is currently paying $51K/year to license).
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