At yesterday’s Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Council meeting there was a discussion of the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Toward Universal Mobility study of accessibility gaps in the regional transit network.
Tiramisu, literally meaning “pick me up” in Italian, is a crowd-sourced app that informs users of the arrival time and seating availability for buses.Tiramisu uses a smartphone’s GPS to display nearby bus stops, which can be shown on a map or in “list view” for increased accessibility. Users select a particular bus stop to find out bus arrival times, which are based on reports from current riders, historic data, or the transit service schedule. Users can also get information on bus fullness to determine if they are likely to find an empty seat or room for a mobility device. Once on the bus, users can report on bus fullness and “record” their journey using their phone’s GPS, thereby helping to inform other Tiramisu users still waiting for a bus.