Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Livable Routes

PostedApril 12, 2015

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Anchor Lead: Getting around on public transit can be convenient and cheap, but also confusing.

Randy Atkins: Sometimes “point A to point B” instructions aren’t enough. You want insider information to get where you want to go. So, using things like schedules and travelers’ feedback, transportation engineer Kari Watkins creates smartphone bicycle and bus applications. She says people want getting around options that are…

Kari Watkins: Not just more efficient, but also more livable.

Randy Atkins: Yes, Watkins’ transit apps take into account how people feel about a trip with the aim of making travel not just quick but enjoyable. Her apps find traffic-free bike routes or pick trips with easy bus transfers. An app called “One Bus Away” has an added advantage.

Kari Watkins: It’s open source code that people can work with so that they can do new deployments in other cities.

Randy Atkins: And not just big cities…even small towns could get into the act. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.