Using myttc.ca to plan the best way to use the ‘better way’

The TTC's new online trip planner, myttc.ca, gives users a step-by-step plan for a journey on the TTC, including a map of the route and the distance needing to be travelled by foot.
The TTC's new online trip planner, myttc.ca, gives users a step-by-step plan for a journey on the TTC, including a map of the route and the distance needing to be travelled by foot. (myttc_041009)

Although myttc.ca is not officially designed by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), it was designed using up-to-date TTC information by riders for riders.

Using data collected by TTC every six months on root information such as times, how early or how late vehicles are on a route, and the frequency of vehicles on routes, and compiles it into a data base that allows its users to access their trip planning tool to give them the quickest route possible to a destination.

An observer reporter notice when using the trip planner to plan out a one of their regular trips, the planner took them on route that seem to bi-pass the obvious route they normally use.

Kevin Branigan co-designer of myttc.ca says that the planner did have some glitches in the beginning, but it was due to using inaccurate information from the TTC’s route information on their website. Branigan says this problem was fixed by instead using a report the TTC puts out bi-annually on the statistics of their operation.

“The system does not just look at going from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’, it looks at the exact time of day, it looks at if you just missed the bus going one direction, would it be faster to cross the street and take a bus that is coming in another direction to get you to your destination faster.”