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Adventures in Dance…

Jul 23 - 25, 2014
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Entergy IMAX Theatre…

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JPAS Summer Musical…

Jul 23 - Aug 3, 2014
  THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE JR., based on the zany musical that has taken… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Jul 23 - 23, 2014
Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré will present an encore production of the… more

The Victory Belles –…

Jul 23 - 30, 2014
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White Glove…

Jul 23 - 30, 2014
It's one thing to read on an exhibit label that an infantryman's pack in World… more

Anthony Bean…

Jul 24 - 27, 2014
The Anthony Bean Community Theater/NORDC Summer Youth Program presents over 75… more

Ogden After Hours-…

Jul 24 - 24, 2014
Ogden After Hours is the place to go on Thursday nights to to hear Southern… more

Open Mic Night at…

Jul 24 - Aug 28, 2014
This summer, Thursday nights at Hard Rock New Orleans are open to local… more

"Toasts & Tiki-Tails"

Jul 25 - 25, 2014
"Toasts & Tiki-Tails" will be held at the NO Fleas Market during… more

2014 Youth Musical…

Jul 25 - 27, 2014
SEUSSICAL JR. Transports audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus… more

AMERICAN IDOL LIVE…

Jul 25 - 25, 2014
Fans of the hit series can see this season's talented Top Ten Finalists live… more

Bricks in the Wall -…

Jul 25 - 25, 2014
The most spectacular, mind blowing & longest performing Pink Floyd Tribute… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Jul 25 - 25, 2014
- Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré will present an encore production of… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 25 - 25, 2014
Chefs of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group look forward to demonstrating their… more

PINTS & PLAYS

Jul 25 - Nov 25, 2014
PINTS & PLAYS is a monthly play reading in the true spirit of New Orleans. … more

Steinbeck: The Art of…

Jul 25 - 25, 2014
An opening reception for Steinbeck: The Art of Fiction will be held from 6 to 9… more

Avita's World…

Jul 26 - 26, 2014
World Hepatitis Day is part of Avita's campaign to rase awareness about… more

Jump, Jive & Wail:…

Jul 26 - 27, 2014
The Stage Door Canteen's Big Easy award winning hit show Jump, Jive & Wail… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Jul 26 - 26, 2014
- Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré will present an encore production of… more

Adventures in Dance…

Jul 23 - 25, 2014
WHO: In partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission,… more

Entrepreneur launches app for NOLA bus, streetcar riders

Source: CityBusiness 

POSTED: 02:43 PM Thursday, October 10, 2013 
BY: Maria Clark, Reporter 

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority began releasing global positioning data on its buses and streetcars to the public last spring at the request of local public transit advocates and entrepreneurs who saw a golden opportunity to build apps and other online tools for travelers.

Local entrepreneur George Van Wormer aims to be one of the first to capitalize on the newly public data.

Van Wormer has spent the last year developing TransitHub, a mobile app that allows users to track the position of RTA buses and streetcars in real time.  He said he came up with the concept while working as a bartender at The Columns Hotel. He wanted to use the streetcar to get to and from work but never knew when it was actually going to arrive.

"When guests would ask me if they should take the streetcar I'd send them out with to-go drinks because you can never really anticipate how long the wait will actually be," he said.

Van Wormer, who now works as a business analyst for Susco Solutions, a local software development firm, launched the TransitHub app this week for Apple iOS and Android users. The free app was designed by local graphic designer Ross Loftin and developed by WebDevrs, a New Orleans app and website developer.

TransitHub taps into GPS data to track the locations of buses and streetcars movement instead of using transit schedules provided by the RTA to estimate arrival times.

The program also sends out notifications five minutes before a bus or streetcar is expected to arrive at a stop and allows users to map out their trip and estimated travel time by route.

Van Wormer said the next step is figuring out how to turn data into dollars. TransitHub does not generate any revenue now and Van Wormer worries that including advertisements in the app will clutter the software. He hopes to implement new features next year that will help him monetize the concept.

"We wanted the tool to be helpful and offer it for free, to make it more accessible," he said. "I think this could be a step toward really opening the city for people who are overwhelmed by waiting for public transport or don't want to pay cab fees."