Transportation Planning Meets Mobile Phone Technology

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority has released a new application for the iPhone and Android mobile phone operating systems. The app will prompt the user to enter the trip purpose at the beginning of one's bicycle trip. After that, information on trip route, travel time and time of day and week the trip takes place is uploaded in real time to the Transportation Authority. This information is used to help transportation planners and travel modelers better understand the needs of cyclists.

WATS is excited to see this new integration of mobile phone technology and transportation planning and will continue to track the progress and success of the San Francisco program.

Here is a link to an article on the San Fransisco based application.

What do you think? If it becomes available would you be interested in participating with WATS to use mobile phone technology to help us better understand trip making behavior in the County?