Routefriend, the online technology platform that helps travelers plan, schedule and book train and bus trips across America, is now available as an iPhone app.
Each year, Americans make half a billion train journeys and city-to-city bus trips. Routefriend automatically figures out the different ways to make a trip then checks operator websites for schedules and fares. Routefriend can find connections between different providers and use the iPhone's GPS to guide a traveler from their current location.
"It should be as easy to book a bus or a train trip as it is to book a flight,'' says Norwalk's David Marcus, Routefriend's founder and CEO. "The problem is, there are too many different services out there and they don't work together. Routefriend fixes that."
The Connecticut-based travel technology company provides a one-stop-shop for planning trips on buses and trains, bringing together major systems like Amtrak and Greyhound, smaller operators like BoltBus, Megabus and Fung Wah, and commuter rail services.
"We have 20 providers in our network so far and we're adding more all the time," says Marcus. "Right now, we can get people from almost anywhere in the country to anywhere else. We're excited that as we keep adding more providers, we're going to give people even more travel options. Hopefully more travelers will see the convenience, comfort and savings of traveling on eco-friendly buses and trains."