BUZZ: App allows to plan transit and bike trips in Santiago, Chile

Preliminary tests are being conducted for Buzz, a free mobile application that plans routes to travel in Santiago, Chile through the combination of different modes of sustainable transportation, such as bicycles and transit.

The mobile initiative delivers real-time information on the arrival time of each bus accompanied with an estimate of the level of occupancy of the routes. This will allow users to make better decisions. In the case of bicycles, the app gives information on bike paths, workshops and stores for cyclists. In addition, it also reports in-time information of the location of public bike parking, quantity and availability of these. Passengers will also be allowed to assess the quality of service and leave reviews. Through the mobile app, users can also view bus stops, metro stations and Bip! charging points (Santiago transit’s method of payment).

The Director of the BRT-ALC Center of Excellence, Juan Carlos Muñoz, highlighted the contribution of this initiative by combining real-time and historical information on the different ways to travel in Santiago, which could help reduce car use. "In this sense, he said, the mobile app is a great news for users."

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