But which system should I build an App for?
                  Smartphone Marketshare
                       In the USA, Ja...
Perhaps We Should Look at Some Other Numbers, Too
          Cell Phone Marketshare                                        ...
Prepare your Arsenal of Democracy!
 Other Interesting Statistics:
 ●
   More people have cell phones than computers
   (80...
Presenting:


  The MetroText Project will provide reliable
public transit information to transit riders using a
         ...
●
  Schedules change every quarter
●
  Metro has over 8,200 stops and
   doesn't have resources to update
   them.
●
  Onl...
When You Might Want to Text Metro
                                               Visit friends for dinner without having t...
What   Is Not:
What               IS!

 You: Text mtext + a 3-letter station code to 41411.
 You Receive: the next scheduled departure fo...
Finding Out Station Codes
Option A : Go to http://metrotext.org and open up the map
         There is also a handy list of...
Other Things At the Website
Complete “SMS Language”           Comment Form
Reference




Updates on MetroText             ...
More Complicated Options
                    Set Date
                    To: 41411         To: 41411

                   ...
What You Can Use Now/Soon
      (expect the entire service to be “Beta” for a while)
 The ability to text for a bus or
 tr...
Future Goals

                            Work with Metro
                            to make station        Find station ...
Metro's Longterm Plan
    Following Prop A's Passage, Metro is considering:
1. New lines for Metrolink and
   MetroBus
2. ...
's Complement Plan
New Rail, BRT, and even Cable Car service doesn't add any more
complexity for us, but we could work wit...
We Didn't Forget About the Techies
 1. MetroText will be a publicly
 available open-source project, free
 for non-commerci...
The Development Team
                                           Kevin Crouse
                                           Pr...
Looming                       's of Organization

                        1. Should MetroText be developed for
           ...
Acknowledgements
This Project progresses only
because of the help and support of            Get Involved!
people and organ...
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  1. 1. But which system should I build an App for? Smartphone Marketshare In the USA, January 2010 Palms 6% Windowses Androids 19% 5% iPhones 26% Blackberries 43.2% Source: comScore
  2. 2. Perhaps We Should Look at Some Other Numbers, Too Cell Phone Marketshare % Cell Phones that Did Techy Activities People Over Age 14 in the USA In the USA, Quarter Ending 12/2009 70 LG 22.1% 60 Motorola 23.7% 50 40 % Who Did This No Cell Phone 30 Samsung 21.5% 4.9% 20 10 Nokia All Smartphones 9.3% 18.4% 0 Used Web Used d/led App Sent SMS Played Games Used Social Media Sources: - CIA World Factbook - US Census - ComScore
  3. 3. Prepare your Arsenal of Democracy! Other Interesting Statistics: ● More people have cell phones than computers (80% of households) ● More cell phone users use text messages than computer owners have high speed internet (57%) Summary: ● Text messaging is the most accessible technology. ● Many people can also access a computer. ● No one is going to want to type on a 9-digit keypad when they can use their computer. But by now, you must be saying, “GET ON WITH IT. What do you want to do?”
  4. 4. Presenting: The MetroText Project will provide reliable public transit information to transit riders using a simple sms/text interface.
  5. 5. ● Schedules change every quarter ● Metro has over 8,200 stops and doesn't have resources to update them. ● Only Metrolink stops and major bus transfer stations have up-to-date schedules..
  6. 6. When You Might Want to Text Metro Visit friends for dinner without having to drive Avoid the Christmas traffic at the Galleria, home But don't wait in 8 degree weather! And find out when the last bus departs. Taking the bus to work every Stop at Pasta House day, Bike down to Pecha Kuchu when arriving late to without your rain gear and Lambert Airport Doesn't mean you know And avoid rushing when it arrives Saturday. avoid the freak monsoon off tro wait. that starts when you're inside.
  7. 7. What Is Not:
  8. 8. What IS! You: Text mtext + a 3-letter station code to 41411. You Receive: the next scheduled departure for all buses. Outgoing Message: To: 41411 Response: Next Departure To: 41411 Time Sent From: 41411 mtext bjx 5:12pm@bjx 59-in: 5:18 59-out: 5:27 Station Code MTEXT keyword. Bus # Inbound/ Outbound Yes, you can even try it right now!
  9. 9. Finding Out Station Codes Option A : Go to http://metrotext.org and open up the map There is also a handy list of metrolink and major bus stations Major Bus Stops CWB Central West End Metrobus Station CVB Civic Center Center HAM Hampton Loop BAL Ballas Metrobus Center DLB Delmar Loop-Metrolink Bus Station CLB Clayton Metrobus Station Major MetroLink Stations CWE Central West End Metrolink Center CVC Civic Center BSH Bush Stadium ARC Arch/Landing FPK Forest Park DEL Delmar SKI Skinker Option B: Go to your local bus stop! (No. Not really. But maybe in the future! For now, just go to the website.)
  10. 10. Other Things At the Website Complete “SMS Language” Comment Form Reference Updates on MetroText A Test Box to Try Out (and hopefully St Louis Transit Your Texting Skills since our updates are boring)
  11. 11. More Complicated Options Set Date To: 41411 To: 41411 mtext cvc 6/7 mtext cvc tomorrow Bus (#) To: 41411 Set Departure Time To: 41411 mtext cwe bus59 To: 41411 mtext shr 22:10 mtext cvc #60 Show More! (err..specify the # of Inbound/ departures to show) Outbound To: 41411 To: 41411 mtext cwe show 4 mtext man out
  12. 12. What You Can Use Now/Soon (expect the entire service to be “Beta” for a while) The ability to text for a bus or train schedule (curr w/ 120 chars) Get station Ids at http://metrotext.org To: 41411 From: 41411 mtext hrt 7:00am hrt 6/7@7:00am Bus 59 Tomorrow 59-in:7:19 7:49 show 3 8:19 59-out:7:09 7:39 8:09 Email [STATION]@metrotext.org! Report problems via text message: “mtext report [message]” to 41411
  13. 13. Future Goals Work with Metro to make station Find station codes near codes available events and concerts at the bus stops Find services located To: 41411 around a metrotext From: 314-555-1122 identified stop. mtext work From: 41411 To: 41411 trz@7:30am 59-out 7:32am 8:02am mtextsearch aks@7:30am 12th and lynch 70-in 7:40am More extensive Email Search for bus stops Interface and more tools near intersections Customizable macros at http://metrotext.org for registered users
  14. 14. Metro's Longterm Plan Following Prop A's Passage, Metro is considering: 1. New lines for Metrolink and MetroBus 2. Implementation of new Bus- Rapid-Transit 3. Possible Commuter Lines 4. Smartcards for automated payment 5. GPSes on Buses and Real-Time Arrival Information Available 6. No cable cars yet; however, if I ever get to choose the project....
  15. 15. 's Complement Plan New Rail, BRT, and even Cable Car service doesn't add any more complexity for us, but we could work with Metro to do the following: Receive a text when the bus is [x] minutes away. To: 41411 From: 41411 mtext bjc bus 59 bjc@5:03pm in alert 5 59-in eta 5:09 Find out if GPS-enabled Query your SmartCard Balance. buses are running on time. To: 41411 From: 41411 mtext balance Cwe@7:13am user 30445 pin 999 59-in 7:22 late 5 59-out 7:21
  16. 16. We Didn't Forget About the Techies 1. MetroText will be a publicly available open-source project, free for non-commercial use. 2. MetroText will work with any Google Transit Feed 3. The MetroText program will work with Gmail and SMS-to-Email. It is built mostly on PHP and Perl. The Point Is: If you are programmer and frequent transit rider, you will be able to make your own MetroText service with custom keywords.
  17. 17. The Development Team Kevin Crouse Programmer, renovator, motorcyclist; he has no TV and doesn't like to sleep. Matt Follett Matt graduated from Rolla, now works for The Genome Center, and spends much of his time solving problems with code.
  18. 18. Looming 's of Organization 1. Should MetroText be developed for Metro to implement on its own or run by a separate nonprofit organization? 2. What other projects would such an organization make? 3. How do you set up an organization to be successful and sustainable forever? 4. We are developers! How do you even set up a nonprofit organization?
  19. 19. Acknowledgements This Project progresses only because of the help and support of Get Involved! people and organizations like: Contact us if you want to help to Steve Lawler: Priest, Psychologist, develop MetroText or build an Professor. organization to provide technological solutions for Courtney Sloger: Online Media Specialist Nonprofits. with Metro. Aaron Keegan: Former employee with East- kevin@metrotext.org West Gateway Council. Peter Hegel: Community Outreach Director, matt@metrotext.org Downtown Sailing Center, Baltimore. Metro employees and members with whom Text we have interacted. Michael Kiwala, Emily Bloemker, Selby Cull, mtext [STATION] and many others unmentioned. To 41411!

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