Transit became Big Blue Bus’s (BBB) official app for trip planning and real-time bus arrival information. As part of this shift, BBB is also partnering with Swiftly Inc. to help deliver more accurate, consistent, and reliable data to power Transit.
“Combining the ease of use of the Transit app with the high-quality data provided by Swiftly will give our customers a very powerful and reliable tool that will improve their travel experience,” said Ed King, director, transit services. “The app will alleviate the uncertainty of knowing when the next bus is coming to your stop and provides additional valuable features such as personalized service alerts and multimodal trip planning.”
Transit allows BBB customers to see nearby options and departure times in big text and bright colors. Users can easily navigate Los Angeles County, aided by accurate real-time bus arrival times and trip planning, step-by-step navigation, and crowdsourced real-time information with Transit's GO feature. Transit also brings multimodal options together into one app, including LA Metro, other regional transit providers, bikeshare, e-scooters, and ridesharing services.
When BBB resumes regular fare collection, Transit will integrate a mobile ticketing feature that will allow customers to purchase all BBB passes through the app.
Swiftly’s prediction algorithm will be used to generate more accurate real-time predictions across BBB’s customer communication tools including bus stops, via text message, phone, bigbluebus.com, and other third-party apps, such as Google Maps.