Our solution provides a mobile friendly, simple and easy to access interface for residents and visitors to the Michigan central station to explore the available mobility options and make them less intimidating by providing additional information on how to use the chosen transport mode.
Our solution is a web application so it is cross-platform and not limited to the type of devices (Android or iOS). User can select the languages they prefer. The interface is designed with accessibility features for people have a disability to access. Residents and visitors can connect to the Central Station Wi-Fi to use this application.
Our solution allows for user access and administration access. Administrators at the Central station or city officials can access the web application to indicate construction and road closures in the area, communicate news and events to the residents and visitors, or in emergency situation issue alerts.
Our solution provides alerts to the user when weather hazards, public alerts, road closures, accidents and congestions occur around the Central Station, when the application detects the user location is in the proximity of the area.
Users can access news (e.g. renovation updates) about Central Station easily on our web application.
Our solution also allows the users to see current and future exciting events happening at the Central Station.
A major feature on our web application is the Transportation options. It is a map interface with simple icons that represent the real time location of the transportation mode (bus, streetcar) and current road hazard (congestion, road closure etc.).
Users can select their origin and destination on the map. The map will display users with road hazards (construction, road closures etc.) that are nearby and the routing will detour to avoid the hazards.
Transportation options (walking, biking, train, bus, streetcar) can then be selected to determine the expected length of time until arrival.
Additional information on how to use the chosen transportation method (e.g. how to pay fare) are also provided to the user in simple graphics.
Travel times are calculated from bus GPS, streetcar GPS, train schedule and any other available data source (e.g. taxi GPS).
If preferred, users can create an account which will allow them to see their historical transit paths and methods of transportation.
Our solution also provides coupons and promotions from businesses and transportation options (e.g. train coupons) in the Central Station community to residents and visitors.
Our web application also allows for reporting of situations (congestions, accident, grattifi, delays) experience by residents and visitors at the Central Station. The reported issues will be forwarded to Ford company or the company operating Central Station for further investigation. Feedback can be provided back to the user through alerts on the web application.
Contact information (phone number) of Central station and related authorities (DDOT customer service, Amtrak customer service etc.) are provided to the residents and visitors on our application for inquiry and urgent help.