Apps help passengers avoided overcrowded public transport

Anyone who rides public transport knows that, perhaps second only to delays, overcrowding is a critical part of the passenger experience,” says Nir Erez, CEO of Moovit, the Israel-based social transportation app developer. The app is aimed at taking real-time user feedback on transit and making it available to a wider audience of travellers. Currently available on iPhone and Android, it plans to add Windows 8 and other platforms in the future. Moovit is one of a number of initiatives emerging to boost comfort levels for passengers by allowing them to find – among other trip planning information – a service that is likely to have more space if they are able to make their journey earlier or later than originally planned. Launched in March 2012 in Israel – not only as the home of its creators – but also because the small country provided what Erez calls “a simplified testing grid” and by October 2012 it moved out to 20 cities on three continents. It now operates in 30 further cities including New York where, following user comments, it had extended to New Jersey to cover suburban travel. Paris is opening in beta mode in May 2013. – See more at: read the full article: