February 2, 2010

The Toronto Transit Commission today released the beta version of its Internet Trip Planner. It can be found at www.ttc.ca/Trip_planner/index.jsp.

The TTC’s Internet Trip planner allows customers to enter destination information in “from” and “to” fields. Using the TTC’s schedules, the trip planner calculates the length of time the trip will take and suggests the quickest route to get there. Designed for accessibility, which included testing with volunteers and members of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation, TTC riders can select all modes of transit, or just a combination, such as subway, bus and/or streetcar, as well as routes that use accessible buses and subway stations with elevators. Filters for trips also include routes where bike racks are available on buses.

The trip planner also features walking-only trips under 2 km and trip plans to over 1,500 points of interest.

The TTC wants feedback from users about the beta version of its trip planner as it continues to develop this tool. When complete, the TTC trip planner will include alternate route suggestions, an expanded points of interest list, a mobile application, the ability to create profiles, and complete integration with e-alerts and service changes. Later this year, the TTC will make its trip planner data openly available to the public and outside organizations, such as Google, so applications can be developed that will be useful to TTC customers.

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