OC Transpo improves service for transit riders on the go
Taking transit got easier on July 8th when OC Transpo launched its updated mobile web browser.
Mobi, the transit company’s mobile browser, is available to smartphone users and has been redesigned to provide news and service status to transit customers with an enhanced look and feel.
“This is a good example of how the City can use technology to make it easier for our residents to use public transit” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This improved software will allow OC Transpo riders to access the most up-to-date information using their smartphone - anywhere, anytime.”
OC Transpo’s mobile web browser was first launched in March 2008 and receives approximately 500 visits a day. It features bilingual information regarding bus stops, route schedules and trip planning with the Travel Planner.
The updated version now includes cancelled trips, detours and the status of elevators at Transitway stations.
“Mobi is another useful way to provide customers better service by providing more up to the minute mobile transit information than ever before,” said Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Transit Commission. “With Mobi, you are one click away from en-route transit information.”
Mobi can be viewed with iPhone, Blackberry and Android phones at octranspo.mobi.
Mobi is also available through the “Discover Ottawa” smartphone app that was launched earlier this year.
For more information on OC Transpo, customers can call 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com.
All city buses now fully accessible and equipped with NSAS
On July 12, 2011, OC Transpo officially retired the last of its remaining high-floor buses, which means all buses are now low-floor equipped, 100 per cent accessible, and include the automated Next Stop Announcement System (NSAS).
The retirement of all 89 high-floor buses and the 20 Nova LSF buses also reduces the transit fleet to five bus models, allowing for a more efficient and effective maintenance program for the fleet.
“I am very pleased that all of our buses are now fully accessible to all of our residents and that our fleet is increasingly green and efficient,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Transit users with mobility devices, seniors, persons with strollers, shopping wagons and luggage can now easily get on and off of all OC Transpo buses.”
The remaining fleet also has better fuel economy and emission standards, part of the City’s continuing effort to minimize transit’s impact on the environment.
“We can now lengthen the time between service and preventative maintenance and minimize the different types of parts that we have to keep on hand for maintenance,” said Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Transit Commission. “These are important steps towards continually serving the needs of our citizens better and providing public transit services that are environmentally sustainable, customer-focused, safe and reliable.”