LTA and four firms in transport app tie-up

Commuters will be able to plan their journeys using transport apps that have multi-modal options such as public transport, cycling, walking, and the use of personal mobility devices.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced yesterday it will partner four technology companies - Citymapper, Google, Hugo and Quantum Inventions - with the apps to be available from the end of the year.

LTA will share transport data, such as the location of cycling paths and sheltered walkways, along with real-time information like train service disruptions, with the companies.

Citymapper and Google will use the data to enhance their own journey planning apps, while Hugo and Quantum will create new apps.

The four companies will, in turn, share the data and insights gained from the use of these journey planners, serving as useful feedback for further improving the land transport network, LTA said.

LTA chief executive Chew Men Leong said better journey planners would make for greater efficiency and comfort.

He added: "This is in line with the Government's efforts to promote walking, cycling and riding public transport as a way of life in Singapore, as well as the Smart Nation initiative to co-create better solutions with businesses and citizens."

In October last year, LTA issued a call for collaboration, which attracted more than 20 proposals from various technology companies and individuals. The collaboration between LTA and the four companies will last for two years.

Hugo's business development manager Aaron Goh said its app will guide commuters along their journey, and also allow them to submit feedback. He said: "At the end of the journey, users can give a rating - for example, if they were satisfied with the bus ride, or whether the walkways they used could be covered. This will be useful to us as well as the authorities."

Adrian Lim

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 03, 2016, with the headline 'LTA and four firms in transport app tie-up'. Print Edition | Subscribe