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Media ArticleOct 14, 2022
Written by Smart Cities World

App offers on-demand transit and end-to-end planning

Global on-demand vehicle routing and management specialist, The Routing Company (TRC), has launched an app offering on-demand transit and end-to-end journey planning in one place.

It claims to be the world’s first multi-purpose app to integrate real-time data, delivering Google Maps functionality while giving transit agencies control of on-demand dispatch.

On-demand vehicle routing

Founded by MIT researchers and rideshare industry veterans, TRC is a global on-demand vehicle routing and management platform that partners with cities. Pingo Journey is a new feature within its Ride Pingo app that lets passengers hail on-demand transit rides and plan their transit journeys in one place.

It lets riders plan multimodal journeys, request on-demand rides, buy on-demand transit tickets, and link to all other transit modes in the network. The feature is immediately available for procurement by transit agencies worldwide and is anticipated to first launch in North America this fall.

“We combined the convenience of demand-responsive transit with the efficiency of fixed transit”

“Riders told us they loved the Pingo app. Agencies told us they needed a single app to deliver journey planning and connect on-demand rides to fixed route networks,” said James Cox, CEO, TRC. “Over the past year we did just that, integrating TRC’s unrivalled real-time routing technology with public transit infrastructure to build the most comprehensive journey planner for public transit riders.”

Pingo Journey is powered by integration of on-demand transit services with all existing transit modes. This makes Pingo Journey a direct complement to TRC’s existing app feature, Transit Connect, which guarantees connections for riders to existing fixed route networks. It claims no other app on the market offers a connection guarantee.

The Routing Company claims to offer the world’s first multi-purpose app to integrate real-time data, delivering Google Maps functionality and control of on-demand dispatch.

Global on-demand vehicle routing and management specialist, The Routing Company (TRC), has launched an app offering on-demand transit and end-to-end journey planning in one place.

It claims to be the world’s first multi-purpose app to integrate real-time data, delivering Google Maps functionality while giving transit agencies control of on-demand dispatch.

On-demand vehicle routing

Founded by MIT researchers and rideshare industry veterans, TRC is a global on-demand vehicle routing and management platform that partners with cities. Pingo Journey is a new feature within its Ride Pingo app that lets passengers hail on-demand transit rides and plan their transit journeys in one place.

It lets riders plan multimodal journeys, request on-demand rides, buy on-demand transit tickets, and link to all other transit modes in the network. The feature is immediately available for procurement by transit agencies worldwide and is anticipated to first launch in North America this fall.

“Riders told us they loved the Pingo app. Agencies told us they needed a single app to deliver journey planning and connect on-demand rides to fixed route networks,” said James Cox, CEO, TRC. “Over the past year we did just that, integrating TRC’s unrivalled real-time routing technology with public transit infrastructure to build the most comprehensive journey planner for public transit riders.”

Pingo Journey is powered by integration of on-demand transit services with all existing transit modes. This makes Pingo Journey a direct complement to TRC’s existing app feature, Transit Connect, which guarantees connections for riders to existing fixed route networks. It claims no other app on the market offers a connection guarantee.

“We combined the convenience of demand-responsive transit with the efficiency of fixed transit, and the resulting product makes Pingo the first-of-its-kind tool for transit riders,” added Cox. “People have tried to improve multimodal transit journeys for decades, but this is the first time you can improve commute times by orchestrating on-demand rides, dispatching better connections, and controlling journey planning in one place.”

Pingo Journey can operate in on-demand, paratransit, fixed-route, and flex transit mode. When used by transit agencies, it allows riders to see all public transit options in the area – including hailing on-demand rides, connecting to fixed transit routes, requesting paratransit rides, or planning a trip using fixed (or deviated fixed) lines.

Transit agencies operating the app for drivers (Drive Pingo) and riders (Ride Pingo) also have immediate access to TRC’s Pingo Dashboard, allowing management of daily operations, call centre functions, advance trip booking, and real-time performance metrics. Drive Pingo, Ride Pingo, and Pingo Dashboard are powered by the same engine: TRC’s MIT-inspired algorithm.

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