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Avoid Transit Crowds with Rocketman’s New Web Tool

New FeaturesTransit

Avoid Transit Crowds with Rocketman’s New Web Tool

We’re super excited to announce the launch of TransitCrowds.com! Our team has been working hard behind the scenes to figure out ways to help you feel better about traveling safely on public transit as the pandemic drags on. Now, for public transit riders using the TTC, you can look up your bus route on our super-handy web tool to see historic transit crowding trends by stop. That means that you can make an informed decision about your transit trip and flatten those peak crowding periods by avoiding the busiest periods.

 

What kind of transit crowds information will I see?

Using historical automated passenger counter data from the TTC and our own rider reports of crowding, the Rocketman team developed a tool to show you exactly where and when your bus route is busiest. You can look up your bus by route number and then see how crowded your bus typically is at your stop and along its route. You can also see this information broken down by time of day. The crowding level is designated as either low risk, some risk, or high risk of crowds; you can learn more about the crowding levels on the TransitCrowds About page.

 

Route view showing risk of transit crowds at each stop

Route and time view for bus route crowding.

 

What kind of transit routes can I look up?

We currently have data for all bus routes run by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). We are working to get Toronto streetcar crowding data included and will announce it far and wide when we do! This tool is also currently exclusive to Toronto; the data relies on partnership with the local transit agency. If you are a Canadian transit agency and would like to talk to us about creating a tool like this for your city, we’d love to chat, so please email us at support@rocketmanapp.com. Alternatively, if you’re a transit user and would like to see this tool for your city, let us know! Your feedback can help us get new transit agency partners. 

Bus route lookup tool for transit crowds

Search functionality for TTC bus routes.

What can I do with this crowding information?

There are different ways you can adjust your travel plans if you see that your route is typically crowded at the time when you want to get on the bus. 

  1. Get on the same bus at another stop. You’ll see that the crowding levels are tracked by stop, so check out nearby stops and see if the levels typically change (for example, if a load of students get off at a specific stop for school). As a bonus, you get in a little bit of a walk (or a lot of one) in this beautiful fall weather we’re having!
  2. Change your travel time. This heavily depends on your own flexibility – obviously it doesn’t work if you need to get to work at a specific time. But if you’re taking the bus to get groceries or head to the park, try adjusting your trip time to find a less busy period.
  3. Change your route. If you have multiple bus route stops nearby, check them out in the Rocketman app and see if you can get where you’re going another way. It might mean a bit of a walk… but see the note above about the gorgeous fall weather ;). 

 

Why would I want to adjust my transit route?

We all have a responsibility to take care of each other, and not everyone has the option to change their commute on the fly – many front-line workers, who have been putting themselves in harm’s way to keep paying their bills and keep the economy moving, may not have the flexibility to change the time or route that they need to travel. 

That is to say: if you have the flexibility, use it! Create space for those who need to be on transit so we can all physically distance as much as possible. We can all do our part to keep each other safe.

 

How do I access this transit crowding info on the go?

Transitcrowds.com is a web tool, so just head there in your browser and you’re good to go. If you’re looking for stops nearby or different route options, use Rocketman to find them! You can also see live crowding reports made by other riders in every city where Rocketman operates.

 

User reports for transit crowding

View of user reports from the Rocketman app.

 

What else can I find on TransitCrowds.com?

You can see COVID-related updates from the TTC as well as useful content from our own Rocketman blog. Finally, you can see weekday crowding trends that highlight the busiest routes in the city. And of course, we’ll continue to look to add to the site to make it as useful as possible. 

As always, we welcome your feedback on our new site. If you have comments, questions, or concerns, just shoot us an email at support@rocketmanapp.com

We’re super excited to announce the launch of TransitCrowds.com! Our team has been working hard behind the scenes to figure out ways to help you feel better about traveling safely on public transit as the pandemic drags on. Now, for public transit riders using the TTC, you can look up your bus route on our super-handy web tool to see historic transit crowding trends by stop. That means that you can make an informed decision about your transit trip and flatten those peak crowding periods by avoiding the busiest periods.

 

What kind of transit crowds information will I see?

Using historical automated passenger counter data from the TTC and our own rider reports of crowding, the Rocketman team developed a tool to show you exactly where and when your bus route is busiest. You can look up your bus by route number and then see how crowded your bus typically is at your stop and along its route. You can also see this information broken down by time of day. The crowding level is designated as either low risk, some risk, or high risk of crowds; you can learn more about the crowding levels on the TransitCrowds About page.

 

Route view showing risk of transit crowds at each stop

Route and time view for bus route crowding.

 

What kind of transit routes can I look up?

We currently have data for all bus routes run by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). We are working to get Toronto streetcar crowding data included and will announce it far and wide when we do! This tool is also currently exclusive to Toronto; the data relies on partnership with the local transit agency. If you are a Canadian transit agency and would like to talk to us about creating a tool like this for your city, we’d love to chat, so please email us at support@rocketmanapp.com. Alternatively, if you’re a transit user and would like to see this tool for your city, let us know! Your feedback can help us get new transit agency partners. 

Bus route lookup tool for transit crowds

Search functionality for TTC bus routes.

What can I do with this crowding information?

There are different ways you can adjust your travel plans if you see that your route is typically crowded at the time when you want to get on the bus. 

  1. Get on the same bus at another stop. You’ll see that the crowding levels are tracked by stop, so check out nearby stops and see if the levels typically change (for example, if a load of students get off at a specific stop for school). As a bonus, you get in a little bit of a walk (or a lot of one) in this beautiful fall weather we’re having!
  2. Change your travel time. This heavily depends on your own flexibility – obviously it doesn’t work if you need to get to work at a specific time. But if you’re taking the bus to get groceries or head to the park, try adjusting your trip time to find a less busy period.
  3. Change your route. If you have multiple bus route stops nearby, check them out in the Rocketman app and see if you can get where you’re going another way. It might mean a bit of a walk… but see the note above about the gorgeous fall weather ;). 

 

Why would I want to adjust my transit route?

We all have a responsibility to take care of each other, and not everyone has the option to change their commute on the fly – many front-line workers, who have been putting themselves in harm’s way to keep paying their bills and keep the economy moving, may not have the flexibility to change the time or route that they need to travel. 

That is to say: if you have the flexibility, use it! Create space for those who need to be on transit so we can all physically distance as much as possible. We can all do our part to keep each other safe.

 

How do I access this transit crowding info on the go?

Transitcrowds.com is a web tool, so just head there in your browser and you’re good to go. If you’re looking for stops nearby or different route options, use Rocketman to find them! You can also see live crowding reports made by other riders in every city where Rocketman operates.

 

User reports for transit crowding

View of user reports from the Rocketman app.

 

What else can I find on TransitCrowds.com?

You can see COVID-related updates from the TTC as well as useful content from our own Rocketman blog. Finally, you can see weekday crowding trends that highlight the busiest routes in the city. And of course, we’ll continue to look to add to the site to make it as useful as possible. 

As always, we welcome your feedback on our new site. If you have comments, questions, or concerns, just shoot us an email at support@rocketmanapp.com

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