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11/21/2018



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BART launches official app


The app's trip planner function incorporates route information from 31 transit operators.
Photo – BART's YouTube account

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has launched an official mobile app to help riders navigate its system.

The app uses BART data to provide real-time departure information, agency officials said in a press release. Riders also can use the app for end-to-end trip planning.

The new trip planner function incorporates 31 transit operators and provides interactive itineraries using the many modes of transit available in the San Francisco Bay Area, BART officials said.

"The app unlocks the potential for a seamless connection between all modes of transportation and gives the user everything they need to navigate a trip in one place," said BART President Robert Raburn.

The agency is working on a new app feature to enable riders to pay for verified carpool parking spots. Future versions of the app also will include tailored push notifications if service disruptions affect riders' BART lines of choice.

The new app also links to the BART Watch app, which riders can use to report suspicious and illegal activity in stations or on trains.

Going forward, BART aims to expand its digital services later this year with a new BART to Airport app providing discounted mobile tickets for group travel to or from the San Francisco International Airport.



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