ezTransit is an interactive journey planner aimed at increasing the overall accessibility of Brisbane City's public transit system through a number of publicly-installed user interfaces. These interfaces would take the form of digital, touch-based monitors of varying sizes and aspect ratios; replacing the current instances of paper print timetables and maps located throughout the city's buses, trains, stops and stations. The interface even has the potential to occupy existing frameworks and displays, including billboards, posters, public notices, and mobile devices; increasing the grounds for integration and cost-effectiveness.
ezTransit aims to minimise the time and effort that goes into planning a journey using SEQ's public transport services. The interface improves this process in 3 separate areas:
- Before planning a journey, commuters are supplied with all the information they need in regards to planning a trip. Stop locations, bus networks, and train lines are laid out in front of them on a visually-coherent map. Unlike other services, ezTransit remains uncluttered by superfluous information and imagery. It displays only the information relevant to SEQ's public transit systems.
- The journey-planning process itself is incredibly swift and easy. Users simply use their finger to trace a line on the screen from their current location to where they wish to go - the system does the rest. Within no time, commuters have a number of efficient journey plans delivered directly to them on screen; including information regarding what time to leave, what networks to travel on, and where to exchange services. This approach is much more accessible than the form and text-based input popular with many other competing services.
- After planning a journey, users can go on their way. Better yet, they can bring their journey plan with them! By using the in-built feature, commuters can generate and scan QR codes directly from the ezTransit interface straight to their mobile or tablet device. This combines the intuitive nature and ease-of-us of a large touch-screen interface with the practicality and mobility of a handheld device.
For this project to come to fruition, the goal is to gain official sponsorship from Translink and the Queensland Government's Department of Transport in order to fund the hardware and installation, and receive access to timetable information and service data.