Whistler Transit’s new Twitter handle is @WhistlerTransit and one Whistler councilor hopes that it’s the first step in the right direction to modernize Whistler’s transit service through technology.
Councillor Jack Crompton, a member of the Transit Management Advisory Committee, hopes that Whistler resort will be able to take advantage of the modern day technology to access transit data such as real time bus status updates. In Vancouver, Translink spent nearly $500,000 on the development of a new mobile app for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry user that allows local residents to track the cities buses in real-time and get live up-to-date information on when the next bus should arrive.
In Whistler, Crompton hopes to see the development of an open data process that allows mobile app developers to build mobile Whistler transit apps based on the cities data for local residents and tourists to use.
Whistler Transit Turns To Twitter for Enhanced Customer Service
The Twitter account for @WhistlerTransit went live on Jan. 7, providing passengers with important announcements such as service updates, transit advice, and relevant information about Whistler transit. The account is managed by Whistler Transit Ltd., between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. with the goal of enhancing immediate customer service to its transit riders, especially during the winter months where weather events are known to cause a disruption in service.
With Vancouver and Whistler transit services both having live twitter updates, it will only be a matter of time until bus to Whistler services offer live status and GPS updates. Either way, this is great news for local residents or tourists who prefer using transit in Whistler as a way to increase the sustainability around the mountain resort. Live up-to-date information about the transit routes in Whistler is a much needed addition for technology inclined guests staying outside Whistler Village.