Where’s the train?
“Twitter updated their app and now it sucks”. (Here’s some evidence.)
Have you heard that before? Thankfully there are tens – perhaps hundreds – more options to post to and read Twitter on your appy device.
The Chicago Transit Authority provides 1.7 million rides per day. A lot of passengers like to know where the trains and buses are. And it’s possible to know with many tools like Bus Tracker and Train Tracker, both of which are available through APIs, SMS, and websites.
Some people (eh, I can’t exactly point out who right now) have noted (complained?) that the CTA doesn’t make its own app for smartphones and tablets. I’m glad they don’t!
Here are more reasons why the CTA doesn’t make its own mobile apps:
- It would be racist of the CTA. (Pretty much everything the CTA does is racist according to someone but making an app would only be useful to those with compatible devices, so it’s probably more accurate to say income discrimination.)
- Bus service is getting cut but they’re spending money on making apps.
- There are 4 platforms to write apps for (at least 4 – not sure if any CTA passengers would demand Symbian or webOS).
The best reason?
Developers can do it better. So the CTA gives them the tools.