Wednesday September 01, 2010
The “Go Metro” app brings technology to the service of a rapidly evolving and comprehensive transit system that includes 79.1 miles of rail service and some 2,200 buses in service on an average weekday.
The Go Metro app is available on the iTunes store for free. To get it, visit this link or search for ‘Go Metro Los Angeles’ in the Apple App Store.
Customers can use the iPhone app to plan their daily commute or find new convenient routes to a variety of destinations such as shopping, schools or entertainment.
Metro’s iPhone app allows customers to locate the nearest Metro Bus lines and Metro Rail stations based on the iPhone’s GPS capabilities. The application is integrated with Google Maps. Rail stations are represented with a pin and a popup displays the bus line information.
Customers can get basic information including fares, maps and timetables and can also read headlines news and service updates.
Metro is releasing this initial version, Build 1.0, as a “work in progress” to solicit customer feedback and comments to improve the application. Customers may use an online form to give Metro staff comments and feedback for app improvement. “It’s important we include the customer in this process and we’re just getting started,” said Matt Raymond, Metro's Chief Communications Officer.
While this Build 1.0 app is only available for iPhone and iPod Touch, transit information is accessible on all mobile browsers via Metro’s mobile website – which has been redesigned and expanded to include Metro’s Next Trip (a web application), Metro Rapid Real Time Arrivals (a web application), Service Alerts via Twitter, and I-405 Daily Construction Updates (via twitter); along with basic transit information.
The “Go Metro” app was developed by UsableNet.Inc for Metro.
Metro began making transportation data available to the public about a year ago via a developer site on metro.net. The site, developer.metro.net, was critical for sharing transportation data on the web and made the development of the iPhone / iPod Touch app possible. Since then, developers have taken advantage of the public data and fifteen known applications have been created and are featured on Metro’s Mobile Resources page.
Metro is the premier transportation provider for Los Angeles County, one of the country's largest counties with a population of more than 9.6 million people. Within the boundaries of the 1,433-square-mile service area, Metro customers board the bus and rail system an estimated 1.4 million times on an average weekday.