Trip2GO is a new app now seeking beta testers that provides commuters with a complete picture of their commuting options, from travel time to carbon footprint to downtime to price (via The Source). California Partners for Advanced Transit Technology is developing the app with Metro and Caltrans, and it integrates realtime information from Metro, Foothill Transit, and Long Beach Transit, plus driving info. Google Maps will tell you the quickest way to get from A to B, but seeing the environmental toll of a single car trip could really change the calculus.
Taking a bus instead of car from Seventh and Flower to LACMA will save 2.6 pounds of carbon dioxide and $1.94:
Going from Hollywood and Highland to the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica is more dramatic—a bus saves six pounds of carbon dioxide and $6.17 in gas, and that's just going one way:
The private automobile, of course, will still provide the shortest trips, but hopefully not for long.
Metro revamped their in-house app last year, and LADOT is in the midst of a one-year trial period with LA Mobile, their system-wide mobile fare apps, so it's a good time to be a transit rider with a smartphone. Trip2GO is only on Android, unfortunately, but they do have a web client available for everyone. Even if you have no intention of going Metro, it's still worth checking out how much of an effect your commute has on both the environment and your wallet. —Ian Grant
· Trip2GO [Official site]
· Metro Working on a Fare App and 14 Other Cool Tech Projects [Curbed LA]