Moovit takes the headache out of public transportation for 20 million users in more than 600 cities around the world. Moovit takes the headache out of public transportation for 20 million users in more than 600 cities around the world. Moovit takes the headache out of public transportation for 20 million users in more than 600 cities around the world. (Photo: Justin Sullivan /Getty Images)

Moovit reaches 20 million users, adds new city daily

Commuting is a 'less stressful' experience with help from this public transit app.

The smart transportation market is booming: You’ve heard of ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft, but have you heard of Moovit? If you haven’t yet, you will soon.

Moovit, which was created in Israel, is an app that allows millions of people who rely on public transit – subways, buses, trolleys – plan trips and anticipate obstacles in more than 600 cities around the world, including New York, Paris, Sydney and Tel Aviv.

The app offers an intuitive, user-friendly interface. Input your starting location and destination, and Moovit will offer directions and notify you when you’re getting close to your stop. It's unique because it combines official transit agency data with information crowdsourced from its users to provide an accurate picture at any given moment. It's even getting a nifty upgrade for the Apple Watch.

“Anyone who uses public transportation in Orange County knows how unreliable the buses are," Joi Weaver of Orange County, Calif., told From the Grapevine. "With Moovit, I can see when my buses are due to arrive, and make my travel arrangements accordingly. Getting to and from work is so much less stressful since I started using Moovit."

She says she uses the app probably 10 times a day. “I take four to five buses daily, and like to monitor the real-time arrival info.” Weaver is one of many who Tweets regularly about her appreciation for the app.

The company, founded in 2011, is growing quickly. Beta testing was completed in January of 2013 with 200,000 users. As of this spring, Moovit says it has 20 million users and is adding a new city nearly every day.

"We all need to use public transportation during different times of the day," Moovit's Alex Torres told From the Grapevine. "What we never imagined is this disruptive growth that’s taken us to more than 55 countries and 600 cities.” Before coming to Moovit, Torres spent nine years at Google working on products like Google Maps. “We are proud to say we are helping transit riders all about the world get to their favorite destinations.”

The company says long-term plans go well beyond public transportation to include bike, taxi and car-sharing services. CEO Nir Erez said the company will make several announcements later this year regarding how it plans to integrate additional means of transportation into the app.

Moovit offers intuitive trip planning, up-to-the-minute bus arrival times, and uses crowdsources traffic delays and events from its users.Moovit offers intuitive trip planning, up-to-the-minute bus arrival times, and uses crowdsources traffic delays and events from its users.

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