December 18, 2016
WILMINGTON New this year, MOOver riders can download the Swiftly app to see where their bus is and also receive real time estimates when the bus will arrive at their stop or where they are standing. The Swiftly app also has link to all MOOver route schedules.
Riders must go to the Apps Store or Google Play and download Swiftly. Because this is a beta program, riders must be in the Deerfield Valley to use this app.
Real time estimates are also available on Google Maps and the app OneBusAway. These two apps do not show where the bus is.
This program is being tested on an open source platform software basis, meaning that other software companies can use the app in their own program. Many real-time apps do not allow this, so this program offers options for riders based on their own preferences instead of being tied to a single app.
The program is funded by a federal grant administered by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), and has been tested by the MOOver since March 2016. The MOOver encourages riders to use the REPORT function to notify Swiftly of any problems.
“We are so fortunate to be the only Vermont public transit agency to be selected to test this program” said Randy Schoonmaker, CEO of Southeast Vermont Transit (SEVT) which operates the MOOver. “This technology off the shelf costs 20 times the cost of this project, and so we hope our riders use it, enjoy it, and help us improve it.”
If successful, Vermont would be the first state in the country to have open source technology statewide.
For more information, call (802) 464-8487 or visit www.moover.com.