There's an app for that: MPD and The M transit system get their own apps

Published: Jan. 14, 2016 at 9:42 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 22, 2016 at 9:42 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The City of Montgomery is working to keep its citizens safe through their smartphones. There's a new police app and an app for the public transit system.

"I love it," exclaims Jabrelle Colvin, speaking about the new public transportation app. She rides The M every day, and thanks to the new TransLoc Rider app, her days have become a whole lot smoother.

With the app, riders can access real-time information about buses, where they are, where the next stop will be, and when they will arrive at each destination.

"I don't have to call the bus station, I can just look on my phone," Colvin beams.

Kathy McNally is another avid bus rider and she too is enthusiastic about the new app.

"Right now we are standing out in the cold or heat waiting for the bus, and this way we won't have to," she says.

There's hope it won't only help current riders, but influence new riders and increase passengers.

"People that use the excuse, "Well, I don't know when the bus is coming," can use that app and start using the bus more," says McNally.

The city's police department is also turning to technology, hoping to increase safety and the line of communication between officers and the community.

"That's part of the issue throughout the nation is that trust," says Chief Ernest Finley. "We are just building trust. Part of that trust is the responsibility from the police department to give them the service they deserve."

The Montgomery PD app allows for residents to send in tips, with comments and even pictures, while remaining anonymous if they choose. The department can also send out bulletins regarding things such as a missing person or upcoming events and notifications with important information like traffic issues.

"Those road closures, those traffic alerts, and when we have a real big situation in the city we want everyone to know what's going on because we believe in that transparency," explains Finley.

"We can send out a traffic alert bulletin, we can actually push that out just the same as a notification. We can have re-routing information and just things for the public to be aware of to help them during their daily process," adds Cpl. Alan Burr.

Both apps are available right now and can be used with iPhone or Android. For the police department app search Montgomery PD and for The M app search TransLoc Rider in the App Store or Google Play.

The M also now has a google transit trip planner on the website, allowing passengers to map out their trip and see which bus they need to take to get to their destination. Both the M app and trip planner were funded through federal transit authority grants.

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