If you are like me, you have multiple transit and map apps on your phone. One of my favorite apps is the very useful and well designed Citymapper app. The firm behind the app just announced that the digital company has been approved by Transport for London to begin actual commercial bus routes next month. Initially, Citymapper will run a weekend night schedule in London between Aldgate East Station and Islington.
So, why is a map app company running IRL bus routes ? Citymapper claims that its experience as a tech firm provides exceptional ability to identify gaps in transit services, react quickly to needs, and optimize riders’s experiences.
The company’s green buses will offer smart information displays to keep riders updated and usb chargers at all seats. But they won’t be able to accept Oyster card payments, instead users will need to pay with contactless credit or debit cards.