I created a new transit application, which was intended to improve the current usage of my transit application and make it easier to understand. When using this application, I wanted to make sure to outline the things that I thought were lacking in the transit app that I was using and implement the changes in my own application.
I did a lot of research on what kind of problems users were usually having from using transit applications. Most of the time, they weren’t sure about when buses would come if delayed. Along with students' tight schedules and varying bus schedules, the current transit apps weren't efficient enough to use. Therefore, I wanted to make sure to outline that this application was very clear with its presentation and its goals to achieve. Furthermore, I had to ask myself, in what ways a bus transit could be changed for the better.
Main problem with buses were that they were not showing up on time
And students' feelings of anxiety would occur when the bus doesn't show up in about ten minutes. Soon they think about different ways when in a hurry, such as Uber or walking to the next station if possible . In UW, the distances between bus stops are very long and usually with weather and other issues, buses come late. I found out that a lot of them are actually looking for some kind of message or timer to warn them of the bus.
After doing lots of research on this, I used pen and paper for my first drafts. After making a guideline, the rough draft was easier to create
The first design that i created was an attempt at showing how the user would use it if it implemented my idea. These are the previous prototypes that I made for my application idea.
When creating my first design in the app, I thought it would be important for me to outline what the user would want in this app. Therefore, I put my focus on the time aspect, I created a function that shows current delay and exactly how much longer the user would have to wait for their buses. The color of the bus turns red to alert the user.
I also added a message function that would inform the user on when this time change would happen. As a fact, a lot of people don't keep checking on their phones for time change. They would only do so, if the bus keeps getting delayed.
The changes that I made after that shows that when the user logs in to see their screen, the functionality is there but they see a new improved one.
These are the new changed transit prototypes. I kept the design similar to other transit apps, but there was a function I added to these prototypes. I added an indicator for all of the delays that happen.
In this prototype, it clearly shows how the blue turns red, when there's a delay in the times. Once you click on the specified times it will show the user how much the bus will be late by. The application displays the information clearly and by having the color difference, it's easier for the user to distinguish its message.
Overall, this was my own design that I made in hopes of making this functionality come true. I also want to make this change in the transit app or similar changes so that it would help a lot of students with it. It would be very beneficial for us if something like this could be changed.