New TTC route maps and vehicle stop poles...
What the TTC really should do is make iOS/Android app. Almost everyone has a smartphone. It is the single best thing they can do improve customer service.
In any case a mobile app would be very helpful for customer service. Especially if you could see delays, plan routes and use the device for fare payment. There is little that the TTC could do that would have a greater impact imho.
Last edited by TheTigerMaster; 2013-Feb-25 at 19:03.
I'm not feeling these new maps. At a glance, they're hard to read and orient yourself as to where you are. Maybe people who use the TTC more would get it. But I'd expect to be able to orient myself based on the subway system, and the subways are pretty much invisible on these maps.
Or don't use data on cell phones. I know people with smartphones who only use phone and text.
I don't see any need for TTC to make app. That costs money. They've spent their money on making the data public. Anyone can make an app. I wouldn't be surprised if realtime transit data is part of Google Maps app at some point ...
We're talking anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars for this. Not hundreds of thousands or millions. It will hardly make a dent in the TTCs pocketbook and I'm almost certain that fares from the small amount of extra ridership this app will generate will more than make up for the tiny development cost.I don't see any need for TTC to make app. That costs money. They've spent their money on making the data public.
If I remember correctly the TTC's NextBus API only provides vehicle location and estimated arrival times for surface routes. It doesn't even have delay notifications. The TTC would be able to tap into a much more extensive data set. Just one of the things a TTC designed mobile app would be able to do is send push notifications to a device to alert customers the moment there is a delay along their route. No third party TTC app is capable of this.Anyone can make an app. I wouldn't be surprised if realtime transit data is part of Google Maps app at some point ...
Look at all the trouble they went creating the on-line Trip Planner - http://www.ttc.ca/Trip_planner/index.jsp
It's not bad ... but does anyone use it? No. Because Google Maps released one at about the same time and does it better, using TTC's own data.
http://www.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories...ices/index.jsp already do this?
I don't see why a 3rd party app can't integrate service alerts.
I don't know the details of the Commissions back end so I can't comment on an exact price. But this application would not be built from scratch. The TTC already has the NextBus system set up. I presume that the system would need a few upgrades. Unless you have any information to the contrary I'm going to bet that it would be less than $100,000 depending on how the TTC organizes their vehicle data. That is still likely much less than other TTC customer service programs that will have a much smaller impact.If you think app development costs so little, then you really have absolutely no idea how this stuff works. I'd think it would be 5-digits if they were to try and buy some off-the-shelf app and have it modified for their purposed. And easily 6 digits from scratch.
Wasn't aware of this. The TTC applications I see on the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store only have vehicle location and estimated arrival information for surface routes.And yet some the existing private apps do already incorporate TTC delay notifications.
Last edited by TheTigerMaster; 2013-Feb-25 at 21:18.
http://whereismystreetcar.appspot.com/ shows service alerts, which it sucks in from @TTCnotices twitter feed - I'd think any site or app could do that.
Though actually I find TransSee - http://doconnor.homeip.net/TransSee/RouteList.php?a=ttc of more utility from the Blackberry (minus the service alerts).
example). I think it's pretty effective. Although I do agree that it might be nice to show more of the subway on the main map too.
Actually, I'm really impressed with these maps -- maybe not perfect, but hugely more useful than what's currently up. I love that the central part of the map shows all of the local streets and pinpoints the exact locations of all the nearby bus stops.
Also, I didn't think OC Transpo's app had realtime bus information - just service announcements. And I also didn't think it could offer you routing suggesting from A to B. I thought it was more just a library of schedules and stops - and at best could tell you where the nearest routes and stops were.
Sure, an app like this might have some utility (it would be similar to GO's app). But it isn't all that one needs. It doesn't do the difficult stuff.