Cubic Mobile for Travelers - Coming soon to cities: one transit app to rule them all
The app, called Cubic Mobile for Travelers, encapsulates a lot of the energy around streamlining and re-prioritizing public or car-free transportation for users. Cubic takes it a step further by incorporating mobile payments and ticketing – often a sticking point in multi-modal journey planning. For local bus and subway systems, which often use swipe cards and turnstiles to collect payments, the Cubic app acts as something as a mobile ticketing kiosk.
On this new app, which will roll out in Chicago – as well as Boston, Los Angeles, and New York City – in the coming months, a user can access a mobile version of every local transit operator’s ticketing service. In Chicago, that might be Ventra – which works with the L and the city’s bus network–alongside Metra, the commuter rail operator. In New York, passengers could access digitized Metrocards, which pay for the subways and buses, as well as mobile commuter rail tickets, and Boston’s would work similarly. In Los Angeles, the city’s 26 different services are all supported.
Below the different mobile passes, a passenger could enter their location and see a snapshot of all the available transit options near to them. A down-to-the-second tracker will let her know when the next bus or subway will arrive at the nearest station, and Cubic is also integrating with local bikeshare systems to map nearby docking stations and how many bikes are available (soon, people will also be able to pay for bikeshare on the app).
|Coming soon to cities: one transit app to rule them all