Start-up using big data to improve bus transit, set to launch in Washington, D.C.

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities March 3, 2015 10:09

Start-up using big data to improve bus transit, set to launch in Washington, D.C.

Commuters in the Washington area will have another transit option this spring when Bridj launches in the U.S. capital. The Boston start-up offers point-to-point bus service. Its data science team crunches everything from census data to social media posts to figure out where a city has the biggest need for better bus service.

It says it has cut some Boston commute times on public transit in half by offering strategic service. It’s currently unclear where Bridj will focus its service in the D.C. area. The start-up is encouraging interested customers to request specific routes on its website.

While founder Matt George is interested in connecting Capitol Hill, K Street and Dupont Circle, it’s not yet clear if those will be the neighbourhoods Bridj starts with.

Fares should cost slightly more than the typical Metro fare, but are unlikely to exceed $5, which is the start-ups maximum rate in Boston. For starters, the bus service, which has WiFi, will focus on weekday commutes and not weekend service.

The 20-person start-up won’t reveal the number of passengers using it daily in Boston, but says its customer base has grown exponentially in the last few weeks.

Story: Washington Post.com

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities March 3, 2015 10:09