AC Transit Launches New Sites With Real-Time Occupancy Data for Riders

 

Santa Rosa, CA, Release: February 10, 2021. For Immediate release

AC Transit in Oakland, CA has launched new websites, designed and developed by Planeteria Media. The site’s focus is on riders, potential riders, and the rider experience. The site offers practical information for trip planning, schedules, fares, and route alerts, along with real-time bus information. The result is a visually appealing, user-friendly and ADA compliant website for the mobile user. The most topical feature is real-time bus occupancy data. Riders are given the ability to look up how full the next arriving bus will be and make a decision to take this bus or wait for one that is less full

Planeteria Media integrated GTFS+ for the bus routes and schedules pages of AC Transit as well as a new approach to the layout of schedule information. AC Transit is one of the first transit operators in the United States to incorporate this occupancy technology which goal is to keep AC Transit riders safe every day. From an administration standpoint, the website not only saves AC Transit website admins countless hours when updating schedules by leveraging the GTFS data already created by their transit planning software, but it also displays information to the public in a way that is easy to consume and understand on smaller devices.  Usually shown in large data tables common on printed schedules, this classic and long-standing approach has never translated well in the digital age of small devices and ADA regulations. 

Other features and functions of the new website include:

  • Multi-modal Trip Planner with quick access to essential information, such as ACT RealTime, system map and service notices
  • New and improved Customer Service section
  • Seamless integration of engagement opportunities, including AC Transit Board Meetings, community events calendar and other engagement opportunities
  • Intuitive and user-friendly navigation, including easy Search option
  • Responsive design, as pages automatically adjust to a variety of devices and screen sizes

The new sites developed by Planeteria Media and their revolutionary GTFS+ platform, show the times as an easily scannable list of bus stops.  These stops can be expanded to see the various times a particular route stops there, and can then be tapped/clicked to open up that specific bus run.  This allows the user to easily narrow down to the information they need on devices of all sizes. The visual display of the routes translates better to mobile devices, pulls information from the GTFS data already created by transit planner software and is also ADA compliant. Planeteria Media is currently developing the same technology for several other transit operators across the country.

For more information about GTFS+ please visit www.planeteria.com/gtfsplus

Planeteria Media designs and develops websites for transit operators and authorities. Using dynamic design and strategic development, Planeteria Media is raising the bar for public transit technology. 

 

Contact Info: Name: Tyler Coffin

Organization: Planeteria Media                                                        

Address: 110 Stony Point Rd. #225, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 

Phone: 707-843-3773

Email:  tyler@planeteria.com