App for commuters ready next year

Dr Dutt says the application will provide travel time estimation for rail networks and bus services in the Klang Valley.

THE Land Transport Commission (SPAD) is expected to launch a mobile application by next year to help public transport users.

SPAD chief development officer Dr Prodyut Dutt said they would start beta testing the application called Journey Planner soon.

“The launch will depend on any bugs found and correcting it.

“We estimate being able to launch it next year,” he said on the sidelines of the Transport Forum (Refsa Urban Series II) Moving Cities: The police economy of transportation.

He added that selected public transportation users would be part of the beta test.

He said the application would provide travel time estimation for rail networks and bus services in the Klang Valley.

“Essentially, at a glance, the app will show what bus to take and how long before it arrives.

“Users type in the destination and it will show options and when the vehicle will arrive,” he said.

He said the application would be available for both iOS and Android users.

According to SPAD’s website, the app is “designed to help commuters find public transport services to and from a destination.”

“With Journey Planner, commuters will be provided with an integrated platform that includes multimode and multi-operator service information via a search engine.

“The application will also display the best options for an individual’s trip, based on real-time information, once the user has keyed in their start and end destination,” it read.

It also said the key components of the Journey Planner application include exact vehicle position and real-time service disruption alerts from individual operators.

The other speakers at the forum were Penang Institute in KL general manager Dr Ong Kian Ming, who is also Serdang MP, and Refsa chairman Lieu Chin Tong.

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