University of Toronto researchers are launching an app today designed to collect transit data that can be used by the provincial and local governments as they make transit planning and funding decisions.
The resaerchers has been conducting transit surveys every 5 years since 1986, as part of a project funded by the Ontario government and municipalities in the Toronto area, as well as key transit agencies such as Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Commission.
The Android version will be released today and the iOS version will follow shortly after.
The app is free and will have two different versions, each being assigned randomly to users who download it.The purpose is to capture, in granular detail, transit users behaviour. It will run in the background collecting location and time data and will prompt users about the nature of their various trips, from commuting to work to trips to the grocery store to bicycle rides to walks.