From Michael Alexander:
… an item (in the New York Times) for the people who think TransLink sucks compared to transit service in other North American cities.
Tic Toc Transit, introduced in August, fulfills one very simple purpose: It tells you when your subway train is coming. …
The app was born of transit experience: Miles Fitzgerald, one of its creators, moved to New York from France about five years ago and became a regular rider of the F train. Mr. Fitzgerald was tormented by his wait on the platform every morning.
“The F train, I call it like an old horse,” he said. “It always works, but it’s just slow.” …
Then there is the obvious catch of using a schedule: The app is not updated with live information, so it’s accurate only when the trains are running on time. …. Tic Toc Transit can provide a soothing illusion of order. But the app that can hasten the arrival of a late train has yet to be invented.
Of course, nobody in Metro Vancouver would even consider creating such an app, because Skytrain service is so frequent that nobody bothers with a schedule. Every user knows that an Expo train will arrive in one to three minutes, and there’s a real-time sign in every station that tells you the frequency during late-night hours.
Ain’t TransLink terrible?