Videos

TV Appearances

Wells Street Bridge Shutdown Coverage - Lauren Jiggetts

TransitChatter CEO, Samuel Pro was interviewed about commuters' reactions to the Wells Street Bridge shutdown.

CTA Transit App Segment - Elyse Russo

TransitChatter was featured as one of 3 new and innovative apps for public transit in Chicago.

Articles

Geo-Intent: Going to Where the Puck Will Be

So what can make a business geo-disruptive? Beyond location awareness, it is far more important to know where a person is headed and his needs and wants at the destination. Let’s call this “geo-intent.”

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Commuting A Drag? Enliven The Ride With TransitChatter

I don’t hold anything against all the people on their way to work listening to music through their headphones, content in their private worlds. I’ve been there many times myself, happy to tune out and enjoy a last few minutes undisturbed. Still, I’ve often thought that it’s a little sad that everyone is traveling together but not interacting at all, which is why I was excited to hear about TransitChatter.

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Take Advantage of Public Transportation Downtime with TransitChatter

Public transportation offers riders something that has become a premium in today’s fast-paced society: downtime. TransitChatter offers a solution for riders to better spend their time in transit.

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Transit and tab-sharing apps, an online meat store, more

New in Chicago is just that: a listing of businesses getting off the ground in and around Chicago.

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CTA riders could see red on North Side

Starting this week, the Red Line may become the "Dread Line" for some North Side riders.
On Friday, the CTA will close the Granville stop in Edgewater for up to six weeks as part of its program to rehab seven of the most deplorable stations on the North Side Red Line.

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Press Releases

Chicago Startup TransitChatter App Shows CTA Rides Extremely Frustrated with Wells Street Construction

Chicago Startup TransitChatter App Shows CTA Rides Extremely Frustrated with Wells Street Construction

Chicago, IL – April 25, 2013 - Chicago-based mobile startup, TransitChatter, is finding riders are very frustrated with the pending construction on Wells Street. The app provides a forum for CTA riders to share their riding experiences with one another. Transit Chatter found that during the first round of construction, there was a 140% increase in CTA-related complaints on the app’s message boards.

With the second round of the Wells Street Bridge construction project delaying trains and affecting service for some riders, Brown Line passengers will be able to voice their frustration on the message boards in TransitChatter’s mobile app. According to username ctahater, “Our fares should be half-price this week since we’re all going to be so delayed.”

During the first round of construction, a frustrated rider with the username krazee27, said “Crazy slow this morning!! Stopped in-between nearly every station! What usually takes 35-40 mins took well over double that! Ugh!”

However, not all riders were so negative. In fact, user froward had this to say to the pessimistic riders: “You people whine a lot. Walk if you don’t like it.”

The increased stream of users sharing their experience is to be expected, because according to Co-Founder Sam Pro, “Commuting on public transportation is generally a solitary and disconnected experience, TransitChatter is designed to change that. We believe that a better connected rider is a happier one."

CTA riders can download the TransitChatter app for free in iTunes and the Google Play store. For more information, please visit transitchatter.com.

About TransitChatter

TransitChatter aims to redefine the public transit experience. Our goal is not just to help with a tiny part of a trip, but rather to make commuting an interactive experience that's informative, entertaining, and tailored to each individual rider. Currently this means riders are provided with a stream of highly-relevant social media content and local news, deals and events at nearby businesses, important alerts or bulletins, and much more. In addition, users can share and socialize with fellow riders, without sacrificing their anonymity or personal safety.

Local Startup Aims to Improve Public Transportation Experience

Chicago, IL – January 15, 2013 - A Chicago-based mobile startup, TransitChatter, is launching a new set of tools for local public transportation riders.

TransitChatter has the goal of becoming the single most useful public transportation app in the city. By leveraging proprietary technology, as well as data provided by the CTA, they are creating tools and features that give riders the best possible experience.

As explained by Co-Founder Sam Pro, “Commuting on public transportation is generally a solitary and disconnected experience, TransitChatter is designed to change that. We believe that a better connected rider is a happier one."

The free app, for iOS and Android, provides arrival-time tracking and constantly updated service alerts for both bus and rail. Riders are also provided a stream of relevant social media, news, and a wide array of other customizable information from well-known sources. This information is delivered through TransitChatter’s “Geo-Predictive Targeting” technology, which delivers content based on the rider’s current route.

In addition, users can anonymously share thoughts and experiences with fellow riders. Lastly, over 75 local businesses near Brown and Red Line stops are offering deals to TransitChatter users, within the app. CTA riders can download the TransitChatter app for free in iTunes and the Google Play store.

About TransitChatter

TransitChatter was conceived and developed by Samuel Pro and David Rogers, young Chicagoans, long-time friends, and computer geeks who have spent way too much time on the train. Sam is a highly motivated self-taught entrepreneur and serial starter with a love for solving problems with technology. David is a rare combination of programmer and designer, and has managed a number of startups.