Moovit Makes a Million

UK version of transport app passes one million mark

Enviro200 Stagecoach Manchester HH56 BLU, Oldham
From Denshaw to Droylsden, and Mosborough to Stocksbridge: Moovit becomes the travel planning tool of choice for many of Britain’s bus, train and tram users. Seen approaching Oldham bus station is Stagecoach Manchester’s 407 service to Denshaw via Watersheddings and Pennine Meadows estate.

Insert your bunching based bus cliché here! Here’s another post about East of the M60‘s favourite transport planning tool within two days of the previous one.

This week saw Moovit pass the million mark in Britain. Just to recap, the state-of-the-art travel planning app enables bus, train and tram users to get from A to B quickly.

Moovit is unique in the sense it combines data from local transport agencies with crowdsourced data directly from its community of hyper engaged travellers. Its success can be attributed to the people contributing to the data available. Such as pub bores like myself timing one’s exit from The Fleece Inn in Top Mossley.

“Travellers in the UK are passionate about making the cities they live in a better place. We’re continually amazed and encouraged by the feedback and level of data contribution our users pour into the product. The end result is a highly refined service that drills down into the smallest details of a journey, right up to if a bus is dirty or if there’s an available seat on a particular train carriage,” said Alex Torres, VP of Product Marketing, Moovit.

In the UK the app now covers all major bus, train, tube, tram, light rail and even main school bus routes. Last month alone saw 100,000 new users join Moovit in the UK with more than half of those hailing from London, followed by Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Liverpool and Sheffield.

“We’re seeing tremendous traction on our trip plan requests in all major UK cities. London in particular experienced a surge in new users following the tube strike which increased product usage by 500%. Our new tool that automatically presents the most up to date travel information down to the nearest hour including surprise strikes and disruption, has taken the service to a new level. This tool is the result of experiments in more than 10 cities around the world that experience these dynamics from time to time,” concluded Torres.

Its rapid growth means Moovit is now available in all major UK cities; worldwide the app has quadrupled its user base in the past year and adding a city every day to its coverage, currently over 600 cities worldwide with over 22 million global users.

Whatever the reason for travel; from the daily commute, trip to the gym, a glamorous weekend away or camping in the summer mud, Moovit makes the perfect travel companion and turns everyone into slicker city experts wherever they are in the world. Plus it’s great for deciding whether your next pint should be the Dark Mild or a real cider. (Best go for the former if a 350’s due in 20 minutes).

Moovit 4.0 is available to download free of charge, for Android, iOS and Windows Mobile devices. You can go to moovitapp.com, or you can visit the Apple iTunes App Store, Google Play, or the Windows Phone App Marketplace.

S.V., 16 July 2015.

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