Public transportation delays are an inevitable part of life for commuters.
Although there is nothing that can be done to stop those delays, TravAlarm offers a functional and intuitive alternative. This new app promises to lessen the headaches and tardiness encountered by commuters when faced with a subway, bus or train delay. Already heralded as a winning app in the UK, it is now ready to help commuters in four metro areas across the US.
TravAlarm operates with all of the usual functions of a smart phone alarm clock, including an aesthetically pleasing display. However, that is where the similarities end. The free app differentiates itself from other alarms by being equipped to receive live Subway, Rail, Bus and Bridge traffic information from local transit authorities. That information is used to alert commuters to a delay on their usual transportation line and wake them up at an earlier preset time to avoid the hassle of running behind. That early wake time allows users to decide if they’d like to opt for a different route or transportation method, or to just leave early to make up for the delay.
The app offers intuitive built-in features which allow commuters to personalize their routes and alarm preferences. Users of TravAlarm can set up to 3 transit routes for the app to monitor for delays. When a delay occurs on one those 3 routes, the alarm will wake the commuter up at the predetermined earlier time with a voice message describing the delay and its location. It will then proceed to play music until turned off or snoozed. The music is selected from either the user’s personal playlist or from the built-in alarm offerings which include Beethoven’s Fur Elise, Marche Militaire or Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca. Additionally, the snooze time length is fully customizable.
According to Arkajit Bala, creator of the TravAlarm app, “It’s so much more convenient to be woken up with that delay information instead of having to fiddle around on the internet trying to check the status of your favorite subways. Not only that, you get woken up earlier so you can make up for that delay by leaving earlier or taking another route into work, thereby never being late again.”
There are currently four available offerings of the TravAlarm app. These include:
Delays are an unavoidable and unfortunate occurrence in public transportation. TravAlarm offers commuters a smart solution to help them avoid the hassles and hold ups when the inevitable delay occurs.