New SolTrans App MyRide Combines High Tech With Low Fares
Thanks to a new app that launched in June, SolTrans commuters in Solano County now have all the smartphone convenience of an Uber or Lyft—yet still only pay a fraction of the fare. Now, public transit riders in Vallejo, Benicia and beyond can get real-time locations and arrival times of every SolTrans bus in operation thanks to the MyRide app for iOS and Android. Just like the other rideshare apps, MyRide tells you exactly where and when your bus will arrive, so you know how long your wait time will be at any particular stop.
But the powerful MyRide app does more than just provide real-time bus locations and arrival/departure times. MyRide can also help you plan the route for your trip with SolTrans route maps right on your phone. It can also send you text alerts when your bus is close to arriving, and lists the closest bus stops complete with walking directions from wherever you are.
The MyRide app is free for both iOS and Android, and SolTrans still maintains its same low fares. With SolTrans and MyRide, you get the perfect mix of high tech and low cost.
If you want a sneak preview of how MyRide works, you can try MyRide on your computer to see exactly what it does. Using MyRide on your desktop requires no signup or registration, and is also very handy when trying to schedule your commute to or from work.
Simply click on the MyRide SolTrans link and you’ll see an interactive map of Solano County with every Soltrans route listed on the left-hand side. Clicking on any route will display that route’s map, the location of each bus in operation and each stop that bus makes. And when you click on the bus stop, you’ll see real-time displays of when that bus will arrive at that particular stop.
Feel free to test out the other MyRide features on your computer as well, like the Trip Planner that helps you set the exact course of your trip or the Set Alert feature that sends you an email alert before your bus’s arrival.
However, using the free MyRide app right on your smartphone does all this and more. Once you download MyRide, just click on “SolTrans” and MyRide displays every bus route on the SolTrans system. Click on a route and you get a route map showing the location of each bus and bus stop, just like on a desktop. Click on the bus and you see how many people are on board. Click on the stop and you get the exact time at which the bus will be arriving/departing from that stop.
The MyRide app also displays all of the SolTrans stops closest to you (along with the next arrival/departure time), a Trip Planner that plans your trip from door to door, and alerts that will send you handy departure-time push notifications with however much advance notice you prefer.
MyRide was developed by Avail Technologies. Avail Technologies has been around for more than 15 years and is dedicated to public transit solutions. And unlike most rideshare apps, MyRide actually offers a customer support telephone number in addition to email customer support.
And MyRide isn’t just for SolTrans. MyRide has integrations with Petaluma Transit, Napa VTA and Santa Rosa CityBus for when you’re getting around outside Solano County.
MyRide eliminates the need for transit maps, timetables and advance planning, because MyRide delivers all of this information right to your smartphone screen. Download the MyRide app today for a digital GPS transit tracking service that even the biggest Silicon Valley cities can’t offer. You won’t miss a bus again, and you sure won’t miss waiting around wondering when the next bus is coming.
With the MyRide app, you’ll never be late or lost again (well, not in Solano County, at least), and you’ll learn to better app-reciate the full SolTrans experience.
Story Contributors: Joe Kukura and Gayle Peterson
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