Smart Travel Choices

Smart Travel Choices, or STC, combines Traveler Information Systems with incentives in order to encourage commuters to shift their mode of travel from cars to transit. PATH2GO and Trip2Go Los Angeles, two smartphone apps developed at PATH, are sophisticated, context-aware applications that give real-time bus and train arrival times to travelers based on their location, and include real-time trip planning capabilities that can help travelers determine the best route based on cost, carbon footprint, and time of travel at that moment. This research project, originally centered in the Bay Area, is being expanded to the Los Angeles region, and includes experiments designed to uncover the triggers for changing commuter behavior in the world of smartphones using real-time traveler-specific data.