App increases transit rider independence

A new app, Discover My Route, will help Toronto adults with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) use public transit more independently.

The app provides trip planning, real-time arrival information and GPS-style step-by-step directions, including Get-Off Notifications that let the rider know when their stop is coming. Customized to meet each person’s needs, the app will enable people with an IDD to take transit with greater ease and confidence.

Moovit, a leading Mobility as a Service provider, worked in partnership with Community Living Toronto, Community Access to Transportation Hamilton, Geneva Centre, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Salvation Army Lawson Ministries and the Toronto Transit Commission to develop the app.

Moovit is available for free on iOS, Android and the Internet in more than 2,700 cities, across 87 countries and can be used in 44 languages. More than 100 cities and global events, including the 2016 Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, have made Moovit their official transit app.

“Discover My Route will help thousands of individuals gain self-confidence to ride public transit, allowing them greater opportunities to participate in their community,” says Frank Kopas, Moovit vice-president.

The program is funded with a two-year grant from the Ministry of Children Community and Social Services’ Employment and Modernization Fund. It’s being tested and developed through an 18-month pilot project, which includes in-class instruction to teach safety and transit skills and one-on-one field training to learn a transit route of the participant’s choice.

Upon completion of the pilot project on March 31, Discover My Route will be offered by a number of developmental services agencies. Visit to learn more.

CNW Group/Community Living Toronto photo

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