Mobi, the transit company’s mobile browser, is available to smartphone users and has been redesigned to provide news and service status to transit customers with an enhanced look and feel.
“This is a good example of how the City can use technology to make it easier for our residents to use public transit” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This improved software will allow OC Transpo riders to access the most up-to-date information using their smartphone - anywhere, anytime.”
OC Transpo’s mobile web browser was first launched in March 2008 and receives approximately 500 visits a day. It features bilingual information regarding bus stops, route schedules and trip planning with the Travel Planner.
The updated version now includes cancelled trips, detours and the status of elevators at Transitway stations.
“Mobi is another useful way to provide customers better service by providing more up to the minute mobile transit information than ever before,” said Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Transit Commission. “With Mobi, you are one click away from en-route transit information.”
Mobi can be viewed with iPhone, Blackberry and Android phones at octranspo.mobi
Mobi is also available through the “Discover Ottawa” smartphone app that was launched earlier this year.
City.Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the City.Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.
However, each city retains its own mobile identity via a dedicated domain. Already on offer are Brussels.Mobi, Paris.Mobi, Sanfrancisco.Mobi, and Sydney.Mobi.
Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.
Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.
City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.