The Tiramisu app aims to empower transit riders to improve their public transit service with a focus on improving the transit experience for riders with visual or mobility impairments.
From the Nearby Tab, you can:
- view nearby stops on a map
- view arrival times
- share observations vehicles fullness
- share a location trace to help create real-time arrival information
- share thoughts about your current trip
- create a favorite stop to see arrival information about
From the Notes Tab, you can:
- share thoughts about different routes or stops
- send messages to the transit service or to the Tiramisu team
- comment and rate the notes other users have shared
All users can read the notes, but you must create an account in order to send a note.
From the Profile Tab, you can:
- create an account in order to send notes
- edit your personal information
- see how much you have used the app
- view and manage all notes and comment you have shared
From the Setting Tab, you can:
- update the region and transit agency you want information for
- view a tutorial on how to use the app
Thanks to all of our users who provided feedback in advance of the major Fall 2015 release. The redesign includes many requested features and fixes:
UPDATED USER INTERFACE
We’ve updated every page and redesigned the flow of the entire app. Most of our users are regular commuters so we’ve focused on what people requested for their daily travel.
Riders can share notes with each other about their trip, about individual stops, and about individual routes. You can also rate Notes and add your own Note in a discussion thread.
IMPROVED TRIP INFORMATION
Vehicle head sign information is expanded, which is especially important in some cities. Stops that have a majority of inbound or outbound routes now show “In” or “Out” in their titles.
RELIABILITY AND FASTER LOAD TIMES
We’ve made a lot of improvements in how data is loaded from the servers.
BETTER HANDLING OF COMMUNICATION ERRORS
Communication errors should be less frequent and when they happen, we now provide better information on why. If emailing us, please tell us the pop-up information so we can find the problem quicker.
We’ve fixed a lot of accessibility bugs, changed some interactions to be easier, and improved support for TalkBack screenreader users. Nearby can be set to a list of stops or the map view. Color contrast has been adjusted slightly to help people with dyslexia.
LOWER AGE REQUIREMENT
Major changes have been made in almost every part of the code. A lot of the work is done by students working part-time during classes and over summers. This takes longer than using a team of full-time programmers but it provides great experience for the students. We’d like to thank the team for making this release a reality. We’d also like to thank our dedicated users who stuck with us during this process.
The application currently supports the Port Authority of Allegheny County (the transit agency for Pittsburgh, PA), New York MTA buses, and Syracuse. More are on the way.
This application is associated with research at the RERC on Accessible Public Transportation (http://www.rercapt.org) at Carnegie Mellon University. If you have questions about the research, contact: [email protected]
Please submit suggestions on improvements through the app store or to [email protected]