Transit app Moovit is expanding to Canada through its Community program to the Durham, Ontario region, which previously had no public transit information digitally available, and is also adding bike share services to Toronto and Montreal.
Two local volunteers, Jordan Hollingsworth and Brandon Côté, mapped the Durham Region Transit System using the Moovit app’s editor platform, paving the way to provide real-time updates for bus schedules and routes on transit users’ smart phones.
“The Durham region needed something more advanced,” said Moovit Community Editor Jordan Hollingsworth. “We are ages behind every other transit agency in the GTHA. Bringing people an easy way to plan a trip in the Durham region is a big accomplishment for us and the region.”
The addition of Toronto and Montreal to Moovit’s bike share services is one of 112 cities being added to the app’s bike share services, launched simultaneously.
“The Community editors in Durham have helped us bring much-needed data to the region, and we’re so thankful for all of our editors who volunteer many hours of their free time to help fellow transit riders get around their cities easier,” said Moovit CMO Alex Mackenzie Torres. “It’s been inspiring to see how passionate people are about making a difference in their local communities.”
Moovit’s Community program launched for over 100 cities worldwide in February 2014.
More than 30,000 editors contribute their time, mapping entire transit systems, to keep the app interface up to date.
“We’re thrilled that the Durham region is the first community in Canada to have benefitted from this one-of-a-kind approach to transit map-making,” said Moovit Community Editor Brandon Côté. “When I tell my bus-riding friends about the app and they report back on how easy it was for them to use, and how it makes riding the DRT effortless, I find it all incredibly rewarding. It also makes me hopeful that many more of the 650,000 residents in Durham will consider using the DRT, now that we’ve taken the guesswork out of it for them.”
Moovit combines information from public transit authorities and operators with live information provided by the user community.
Users can also provide real-time updates on traffic congestion, and rate service for cleanliness, comfort, speed and timeliness.
Moovit claims that over 121 million people worldwide, people who otherwise aren’t being offered a digital experience by their local municipal transit system or any other app, now enjoy access to transit data because of Moovit’s editor community.
Moovit is available in over 800 cities in 60 countries, and translated into 40 languages for more than 30 million users worldwide, including 50 cities across Canada.