A Personal Note
I guess my passion lies in creating things for other people to see. As a kid, I always enjoyed creating movies to entertain people. I wanted to make them laugh. Now that I’ve got some knowledge in Computer Science during my current undergrad at the University of Toronto, I wanted to make something that would actually improve daily lives of other people.
Being a student living in Toronto who commutes to work and school, I rely heavily on the TTC to get me from point A to point B. I’ve always wondered where my streetcar was. Should I walk? Should I take an alternative route? How long am I going to wait (1 minute, or 22 minutes)?
Why make another TTC app when there are already many?
I knew about Nextbus’ data available to the public, and I had an Android phone but I couldn’t afford a fancy data plan. I wasn’t happy with some of the interfaces (apps, webapps) available on the market, because it lacked quick sorting of favourites, the ability to set timed notifications and to be simply fast (as in, open the app and get the info I need immediately). Especially when I didn’t have a data plan, I looked on the Market for an app that would allow me to send a text for a particular stop with an interface so I didn’t have to save 16, 000 stop codes on my phone or remember that stop 0844 was the code for going West at College at Spadina Avenue. Sadly, there was none. Hence, Transit Now Toronto (TNT) was born.
TNT has grown thanks to all the help from friends’ and users’ feedback. It’s now a top rated TTC app on the Android Market. I want to send out a big thanks to all those who are using my app, have sent feedback, have liked/rated/+1/donated/shared/recommended this app. You guys are the reason why I want to keep releasing updates for you. The positive feedback is the biggest reward to have as a developer.