HopStop Live! Launches to Help Transit Riders Worldwide Receive, Contribute and Share Real-Time Transit Information
New Service, Launching Exclusively on iPhone, To Redefine Future of Real-Time, Crowdsourced Transit Information, Backed By The Power of Millions of Active Users in Over 500 Cities Worldwide
NEW YORK, April 8, 2013 – HopStop, the number one ranked transit app in iTunes and Google Play with over three million downloads, today launched HopStop Live! TM – the only free, real-time social transit app backed by the power of millions of highly-engaged mobile users across seven countries, 700 transit agencies, 20,000 lines and 750,000 stops. HopStop Live! is the first social navigation platform that allows public transportation riders to contribute, receive and share real-time transit information about the stations, lines and transit systems that matter most to them. The new service will launch exclusively on the iPhone platform with other platforms, including iPad and Google Play, to follow in subsequent releases. The real-time transit service includes every market, across every transit agency, for every line/ route that HopStop currently supports.
HopStop Live! is the only all-in-one transit app, providing unparalleled door-to-door walking and transit directions, schedules and officially licensed transit maps and, for the first time, real-time crowd-sourced information from fellow transit riders. The service benefits from an immediate install-base of 2 million monthly active users, not available anywhere else at this scale. The service also fills a large void left by the lack of real-time information currently available from most transit agencies – especially in periods of disruption caused by unforeseen incidents. Real-time, crowd-sourced information will be available both within HopStop’s familiar step-by-step direction search experience and also through a new standalone service with the iPhone app called “Live!”. Through the standalone service “Live!”, users can follow their specific lines and stations of regular use.
“The real-time public transportation space has attracted so much attention over the past twelve months with a countless number of new transit apps all professing to have the answer to real-time,” says Joe Meyer, CEO, HopStop. “The problem with the vast majority of these is that as impressive and headline- grabbing as their goals or claims may be –they all lack the critical ingredient for any crowd-sourced service to be useful –a big enough crowd of endemic users. Over the past nine years, HopStop has grown to be the biggest independent player in the transit routing market, and today’s launch of HopStop Live! will leverage our large user base and strong commitment to product excellence to define the future of real-time public transportation information.”
HopStop Live! also aims to help transit riders create micro-communities around their particular train line, bus route, stations or stops; and share real-time information and tips to make everyone’s trip better, easier and safer. HopStop Live! analyzes real-time user reports on lines, stations and routes across its entire global footprint to give transit riders a real-time snapshot of whether their ride is delayed, by how long, and an indication of the likely reason.
Joe Meyer, CEO, HopStop added, “Our reliable and highly accurate door-to-door transit directions revolutionized the transit industry a few years ago, and now HopStop Live! will do the same by becoming a must-have tool for any commuter. The new service will also help riders create micro-social communities around the specific stations, lines and stops that they care most about, thereby making everyone’s trip better, easier and safer.”
HopStop (www.hopstop.com), a leading pedestrian navigation service, provides door-to-door walking, biking, transit, taxi and hourly car rental directions to city residents and tourists alike. The company has built the first national network to facilitate and encourage intra-city as well as city-to-city travel by aggregating hundreds of mass transit systems into one streamlined navigational user experience. HopStop includes HopStop Live! TM, the only real-time social transit app used by millions of people that helps riders get to where they need to go and report delays along the way.
The company's environmentally-friendly service is currently available in over 500 cities across 140+ major metropolitan markets throughout seven countries including the U.S., Australia, Canada, England, France, New Zealand and Russia. In addition to point-to-point walking and transit directions and real-time transit information, HopStop also offers transit schedules and transit maps (and the locations of nearby subway stations and bus stops) via web (www.HopStop.com) and mobile(www.hopstop.com/mobile). These features are also available on industry-leading native applications for the iPad (www.HopStop.com/iPad), iPhone(www.HopStop.com/iPhone), Android (www.HopStop.com/Android) and Windows (www.HopStop.com/WindowsPhone), as well as a popular mobile site (m.hopstop.com).
HopStop, which is based in New York City and financed by Rhodium Ltd. and other private investors, is led by its CEO Joe Meyer who was recently selected by Crain’s New York Business as one of the Top Entrepreneurs of 2012.