It never ceases to amaze me how our lives have changed through the use of mobile devices. Next to my wallet, my iPhone is one of those things that I never leave home without. So, it's only natural that mobile apps for transit are a perfect fit for when you're on the move. For instance, do you Have time to make a quick stop on the way home? Just pull out your mobile device and see when the next bus is arriving at your location.
Recently GO Transit launched its mobile app for the Android, iOS and blackberry platforms.
What can you do with it?
- Check train and bus schedules.
- Plan a trip either by selecting from route schedules or choosing your origin and destination points.
- Set arrival and departure alerts.
The opening screen.
This is where it gets tricky for voiceover users. Not all of the elements are clearly labeled and there is repeated text as you swipe through the options. Here is a brief explanation of the items the labels represent. Double tapping items in this list will take you to a new screen of information specific to the option you chose.
Gear, = Preferences. Allows you to set options such as vibration alerts and preferred departure locations.
Pin, = next scheduled routes based on the current time. Both bus and train routes are shown.
Train button, provides information for all routes or selected corridors and stops. From here you can choose your origin and destination stops and view specific schedule information.
Bus button, ditto for bus routes.
Fave, = favourites.
GOalarm, = edit or add alarm. Used to notify you of train arrivals.
Feedback, used to leave comments for the developers. Be sure to indicate if you are a voiceover user when using this option.
Not sure what GO transit stop or station is close to your current location? No problem. Once you decide on your mode of travel, either train or bus, there is a localize feature that will list stops and distance from where you are. Really handy if you are not familiar with the system.
To summarize. The Go Mobile app is definitely usable once you understand the text labels and what they mean.
If you use GO transit and have a mobile device, watch this space for further developments and an opportunity to participate in a focus group with the app developers. Must dash now, time to catch my next ride.