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NYCBigApps Winner Brings Free Bus App to Queens
Roadify, a free iPhone app that combines transit schedules and official alerts with live reports from riders, recently launched an update that covers every bus line in Queens. No small feat, considering how few resources, app or otherwise, that are available to Queens bus riders.
Until Roadify, there was no way for Queens straphangers to find bus schedules anywhere other than the bus stop, let alone find service advisories and rider reports. With the new update, however, riders can use their cell phones to get the best idea about when the bus is coming and if there’s problem, find out why from other riders.
With this novel approach, Roadify recently took Grand Prize in the city’s NYC BigApps Competition and was later named the MTA’s “App of the Week” in the Authority’s new initiative to highlight top local transit apps.
Roadify actually worked with the MTA to fix a missing dataset that housed the majority of Queens lines, and are happy to now have buses in all five boroughs and Long Island covered in their free service, which also covers NYC subways, traffic, and parking.
“We received a bunch of emails and tweets from our users asking ‘What about the Queens buses?’,” said Roadify designer Brian Bush. “Now we have a positive answer for them."
With summer temps peaking in the 100s in recent weeks, Queens bus riders are happy to save a few minutes waiting at the stop any way they can. Now, thanks to your cell phone, that may actually be possible.
Download Roadify’s free iPhone app in iTunes or at app.net/Roadify. The service is also usable for free via Text Message, by texting ROAD to 95495 (standard data rates apply).
For more information on this story, please contact Dylan Goelz, Roadify’s Head of Marketing and Design, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (904)673-6866.
Now if only the buses showed up when they were supposed to...