As mentioned yesterday, the TTC web site now has a re-designed beta version ready for public consumption. My initial impression is that it’s attractive and intuitive. Most everything feels logical — it also seems the feedback from Transit Camp was the basis for many improvements. There is a feedback/survey option that any of you can fill out.
Much of the site still needs content, but I feel the TTC is finally on the right track. It will no longer be an embarrassment to direct out-of-town friends to the TTC’s site.
Some interesting tidbits to know about the site and the planned roll-out of features:
• The site should be fully functional by early or mid-July
• The trip planner — a feature that most riders think is necessary — will be available as a beta version in early 2009, with fully functional planner ready for June 2009. TTC staff indicated that the data for a trip planner has taken much longer to implement than anticipated
• Next vehicle arrival will be available on the site in the fall of 2008
• Alerts about delays to specific routes or subways will be available for email or cell phones (this feature starts in the fall)
• The e-commerce store will be active sometime during the summer, allowing riders to purchase Metropasses online
• The site you see today cost the TTC about $400,000,but the added features of the e-commerce store, trip planner, etc., will add to that total.