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Tue, Feb 17, 2015

Introducing Ridekick®: Valley Metro’s Official Mobile App for Easy Trip Planning

PHOENIX, AZ – Ridekick® has arrived! Valley Metro’s new mobile app is designed to get riders where they want to go easily and efficiently. By launching the free app, which pulls real-time schedule data, riders can plan a trip and get up-to-the-minute arrival times on bus or light rail. Riders can view available public transit options based on current location, plan a future trip and bookmark their favorite routes.

“Valley Metro is dedicated to making transit easy and accessible. Riders who use bus and light rail daily to those exploring public transportation for the first time will find the app very useful,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “Ridekick® helps us better serve our existing riders and attract new by streamlining time and travel.”

Ridekick® features include:
• An interactive map that displays bus, rail stops and park-and-ride locations
• GPS and filters to find the best public transit options based on rider needs and current location
• List of fare and fare retailers
• Ability to bookmark favorite routes and email your itinerary

Valley Metro and its ad agency partnered with Portland-based GlobeSherpa to design, build, test and deploy the Ridekick® application.

“The time is right to provide a mobile trip planning solution to Valley Metro riders that’s informative and easy-to-use,” said Nat Parker, GlobeSherpa CEO. “With the launch of the Ridekick® trip planning application, Valley Metro is enhancing the transit riding experience in the greater Phoenix area by delivering relevant, real-time information to the rider when they need it.”

Valley Metro riders responded positively to Ridekick® during testing, highlighting the user-friendly functionality, accurate timing and trip planning tools.

Download Valley Metro Ridekick® today! It is available on either the App Store or Google Play™. Visit valleymetro.org/ridekick for additional information and to view useful videos.

About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2014, total ridership for the system was 72 million passengers. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

About GlobeSherpa: GlobeSherpa provides a secure, mobile ticketing platform for transit systems interested in moving to open payments, open data, and mobile fare collection with minimal infrastructure investment. GlobeSherpa is developing next generation mobile technologies using Bluetooth Low Energy and NFC and integrating those with our robust back-office business intelligence software to reduce the cost of fare collections and improve operations for transit. For more information about GlobeSherpa, please visit globesherpa.com.




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