Update! 10/8/2010 Stop display now includes current weather conditions from the National Weather Service
MyTriMet.com is designed to answer one simple question. Where's my bus?
It takes one hand to use. That’s important when you’re running with a briefcase in one hand, and a smart phone in the other.
Once installed, you simply touch (or click) the MyTriMet icon on your home screen, and the application instantly tells you when you can expect your next arrival. It automatically updates every 10 seconds. Simple. Fast. Reliable.
MyTriMet.com is designed for commuters who routinely ride Trimet. Set it up on your smart phone (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, etc.) and monitor morning arrivals. Set it up on your desktop at work so you can see when it's time to leave, then check again while you're walking (or running) to your bus.
MyTriMet works by monitoring two stops, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. It switches between stops automatically, depending on the time of day. You can toggle between a particular bus line, or see all arrivals for your stop. You can temporarily override current settings for those times when you deviate from your regular commute.
Access is fast. It starts working the instant you touch the icon. Set up is easy. You do not need to submit an email address or divulge any personal information, so there is no privacy risk. MyTriMet is guaranteed 100% safe and warranted free of any malware, spyware, or viruses.
The best way to understand myTrimet.com is try it.
For more information, click here… http://mytrimet.com/faq.php
Targeted demographic (who is the app intended for?):
Targeted to Portland area commuters who routinely ride TriMet (bus or trains) and who use a ‘smart phone’ (iPhone, Android,etc)
Who and what will be impacted by the app, and how?:
My hope is that more people will ride TriMet if they know when the bus will arrive. I feel I’m wasting less time waiting for my bus to arrive. I hope other users feel the same!
What is the specific need that is addressed by the app?:
It was created primarily because TriMet’s TransitTracker did not work well on my iPhone. In addition, there are no arrival displays where I typically catch the bus. (Now I don’t need them!).
Anticipated usage of the app (by whom, under what circumstances, etc)?:
Anyone who routinely rides TriMet. Typically users run it on their smart phones in the morning, and watch for their bus on their desktops while at work in the afternoon.
How is information presented, that's not presented elsewhere; how is it unique?:
Displays are simple, clean, and updated more frequently than is typically found on TransitTracker. It also calculates distance to stop in miles, then in feet when bus is within a half mile. I also display relevant detours in red, if there are any related to routes being displayed.
What are a few of the primary strengths of the design?:
* Works on any desktop, iPhone, Android. (This is NOT an iPhone app!)
* Once the app is set up on your desktop or home screen, you never have to touch it again. (No stop IDs to remember or menu selections to fiddle with.)
* It starts instantly.
* It switches from morning to afternoon stop automatically, depending on the time of day.
* It’s 100% safe. No registration. No need to disclose email address, etc.
* Can temporality switch to another stop for those times when you deviate from your regular commute
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