OC Transpo’s Mobile Site Now Available [Ottawa]

OC Tranpo’s new and improved mobile site is now available for viewing on your iPhone. OC Transpo is the bus transit system for the city of Ottawa and surrounding area.

The mobile site is a replication of their regular site in a mobile form with features like:

  • Travel Planner
  • Live Updates
  • News
  • Stop Schedules
  • Transitway Stations
  • Route Schedules
  • Fares
  • Contact Us

To try it out, I used the travel planer to figure out a route from Carleton University to the Scotiabank Place. It did as I expected by returning a detailed route information, number of transfers, duration and cost but a few things were lacking. There is no option for the site to find where you are, using location services on your mobile phone. The menus are fields are kind of small for a mobile experience. There are lots of lists to scroll through, such as stop times and station names, with no option to speed up the process by narrowing your search.

Also, I don’t think OC Transpo is using GPS information from their buses to determine more accurate stop times unlike the pilot program in Edmonton. When I tried to view the stop schedules on the mobile site I was faced with an error and a whole bunch of gibberish so that wasn’t very helpful.

There are other options for those catching the bus in Ottawa such as Google Maps or ‘Where is my bus?’. However, OC Transpo recently changed a few of their routes and timetables and I assume that they would have the most recent information. I’m not so sure about the other services, especially since Google Maps and OC Transpo will suggest two different routes for me to get from A to B.

Don’t get me wrong, this mobile site is a lot better than the previous one but I don’t see myself using it very often. I can see how the travel planner is nice to have easily accesible on your phone, but would you use the other features on the go? Are there other options for getting around Ottawa?

[OC Transpo Mobile Site] - It’s a free service, check it out!

 

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  • Jeevesmith

    “Silicon Valley North” indeed.

  • Chris

    Ahhh OC transpo, so far behind the times… Earlier this year someone created a Where’s my bus app using the live gps data.. They submitted it to an open data Ottawa apps contest. I believe they won.. So OC transpo instead of buying the rights to the app or just letting it be, took the gps data down so the app was now useless. In the mean time they haven’t done anything to replace it.. They are so miss managed and just can’t compete in the real world in service/cost/innovation… Sad really when there is so much high tech in Ottawa…

  • Chris

    Ahhh OC transpo, so far behind the times… Earlier this year someone created a Where’s my bus app using the live gps data.. They submitted it to an open data Ottawa apps contest. I believe they won.. So OC transpo instead of buying the rights to the app or just letting it be, took the gps data down so the app was now useless. In the mean time they haven’t done anything to replace it.. They are so miss managed and just can’t compete in the real world in service/cost/innovation… Sad really when there is so much high tech in Ottawa…

  • Dhsa

    Yeah OC Transpo is way behind the times, extremely overpriced, and has lousy service.  Their buses are never on time so I just stopped using the bus system.  I heard about that app that was using their then publicly available GPS data, and it is a shame that they had to remove it.  Being able to track each bus by GPS on a map is the best way to know when the bus is coming as they are NEVER on time.  What’s the point of this site going mobile when the times hardly mean anything in reality?  OC Transpo sucks.

  • Dhsa

    Yeah OC Transpo is way behind the times, extremely overpriced, and has lousy service.  Their buses are never on time so I just stopped using the bus system.  I heard about that app that was using their then publicly available GPS data, and it is a shame that they had to remove it.  Being able to track each bus by GPS on a map is the best way to know when the bus is coming as they are NEVER on time.  What’s the point of this site going mobile when the times hardly mean anything in reality?  OC Transpo sucks.

  • They should check out the Translink app here in Vancouver. It’s pretty decent.

  • Anonymous

    It’s later  in the year and still no word. You can be sure the app they finally release will be a paid app (they want to generate money after all) and not half as useful as it could be if multiple apps were available for different uses/needs.

    I hate their useless schedules; I tried coming to work earlier yesterday, so left home over 20 minutes early, knowing the scheduled times for the two earlier ones were for 5 minutes and 15 minutes from then. Nope, that bus was 6 minutes early, the next bus was 5 minutes late, and my usual bus was less than a minute behind that one. Ended up getting to work exactly the same time as usual.

    Having GPS info for all the buses on that route, even if it’s a minute or two delayed, would’ve been more than enough to tell me to simply not bother wasting my goddamn time.

  • Anonymous

    It’s later  in the year and still no word. You can be sure the app they finally release will be a paid app (they want to generate money after all) and not half as useful as it could be if multiple apps were available for different uses/needs.

    I hate their useless schedules; I tried coming to work earlier yesterday, so left home over 20 minutes early, knowing the scheduled times for the two earlier ones were for 5 minutes and 15 minutes from then. Nope, that bus was 6 minutes early, the next bus was 5 minutes late, and my usual bus was less than a minute behind that one. Ended up getting to work exactly the same time as usual.

    Having GPS info for all the buses on that route, even if it’s a minute or two delayed, would’ve been more than enough to tell me to simply not bother wasting my goddamn time.