Transit Apps Help Snowbound Commuters
Thursday, January 06, 2011 4:33 PM
Phone apps that cost about $1 helped some Boston commuters in the recent East Coast snow storm .
Last spring, The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority - commonly called the T - began releasing real-time data on the whereabouts of its buses and trains. That's allowed entrepreneurs to develop software for smart phones, letting commuters obtain reliable info on when the next bus or train arrives.
For commuters trying to negotiate post-blizzard trips, the apps were a godsend, reports The Boston Globe. Owners of iPhones and Androids can buy apps - such as Catch the Bus - and know when it's time to trudge across a snow-laden street to stand at a bus stop.
Here in Houston, iPhone commuters can download an app called Ride Houston. It uses the GPS in one's phone to locate the user - and then instantly tells you where the nearest METRO bus stops or train stops are located.