Our community has an incredibly comprehensive and versatile public transit system for its size, and now, with Ride14850, 14850.com offers an easier way to find our way around the various routes around Ithaca and Tompkins County operated by TCAT, Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit.
Ride14850 is a free app, available in Apple's iTunes App Store, that works with Apple's popular iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices. The app works even with older models of iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 3.2 or later, and the user does not have to be online in order to find a route.
Using the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad's location feature, Ride14850 can determine where the user is even if they're not sure how to describe their location, and then display the right route or routes to get them where they're going. The app will offer multiple options where available, letting the user pick the best option for them based on their preferences for least walking, fewest transfers, or shortest total time.
In addition to automatically selecting the user's starting location, Ride14850 offers the Ithaca Commons, Cornell University's central campus, dozens of landmarks around the county from stores and businesses to town halls and schools, and user-specified favorites, as well as the option to enter the street names for any intersection in the county. Any of these locations can be the starting point, or destination, for any trip.
When online, Ride14850 lets the user view the latest route maps and schedules pertaining to their travel, downloading the info directly from TCAT's web site, as well as TCAT alerts that might affect their travel. When offline, Ride14850 can display cached copies of the maps and schedules, and can still calculate the right routes for a user's upcoming travels.
Developer David Kornreich, who wrote Ride14850, says, "Even though I have a car, I usually prefer to take the bus. I've been riding TCAT since before it was TCAT." He uses his own app to get from his Fall Creek home to and from his faculty job at Ithaca College, and countless other destinations.