Talk about ending the year with a bang! Moovit has surpassed 50 million users (that’s 50,000,000 — looks even more impressive written out, right?) in just over three years. We were also honored to be named as Google’s ‘Best Local App’ of 2016 in the US, Canada, Middle East & North Africa Regions, and Hong Kong. And for good measure, we just released the Global Transit Usage Report 2016, which has really interesting findings like how long people wait for the bus, or how far they walk on their commute every day in major cities around the world.
Our Global Transit Usage Report 2016 is the first significant Big Data analysis of its kind that has tracked tens of millions of trip requests in cities across the world in an unprecedented effort to map global urban transit trends.
The Big Data Analysis is from 50 million commuters in 47 cities across The Americas, Asia and Europe, and reveals cities with the longest and shortest commute times, mass transit transfers, and distances people walk on their commute. The data was collected between August and October 2016.
Specifically in the United States, the report found:
– The San Francisco Bay Area has the shortest public transit commute times
– Over a third of Philadelphians spend more than two hours on their commute
– New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. are not far behind Philly for total commute time
– Overall, U.S. transit data is close to world averages
Moovit VP of Products and Marketing, Yovav Meydad, said, “No other transit app or service has as much rich and relevant data about the world’s mass transit riders as Moovit, and we’re proud to share some of it in our annual Global Transit Usage Report. We derived the data from our Moovit community of more than 120,000 local editors and contributors, and a user base of more than 50 million mass transit riders. Moovit enables people to travel smarter in their cities, making journeys more reliable with the provision of highly accurate real time information.”
By most of the measures tracked in the report – wait time, total trip time, percentage of riders that spend more than two hours on their commute and numbers of transfers — riders in the San Francisco Bay Area beat the averages and came up with the best numbers in the U.S. Boston ranks next overall and even wins the shortest commute distance category. If you want to learn more about the specific statistics, please click here.
Our growth to 50 million users worldwide, continues Moovit’s meteoric growth. Moovit closed its first year of operation, 2013, with 3.0 million users. Users quadrupled to 12.5 million in 2014, and surpassed 32 million last year. We predict to end 2016 with 52 million users as 2 million people now download our free transit app each month. Hear more about our path to growth from our VP of Products and Marketing here.
Also this year, Moovit launched over 170 new cities and was selected as the official transit app of the Rio Olympics by the City Hall of Rio.
We’d like to thank you to our users for helping us reach these amazing heights — first, by supporting us throughout our growth; second, by spreading the word about the Moovit app to your friends and family; and third, to everyone who has inputted into making our data better, and available to more people. We’d like to give a special shoutout to our Moovit Community for their constant support, helping us maintain our title as the world’s leading transit app.
Our request of you as we wind down 2016 — please continue to love Moovit and tell all your friends about it in 2017! Happy holidays.