Moovit’s Latest Enhancement Joins A Host Of Features That Aid People With Disabilities Using the World’s Top Transit App  
London, 6th July 2017 – The 14 percent of Londoners who identify as disabled just got a boost for their public transport needs as Moovit, the world’s leading transit app, today announced the most comprehensive route planning service for people with restricted mobility.
The accessibility feature, which Moovit Vice President of Product Yovav Meydad announced at this year’s Transport for London (TfL) Digital Partners –  Accessibility Summit, adds to other industry-leading features the company has implemented on its app to help travellers with disabilities. Last year the company added comprehensive VoiceOver / TalkBack support for the visually impaired, which provides clear voice directions including get off alerts. Earlier this year Moovit introduced larger buttons strategically placed on the app’s bottom bar to assist users with limited motoric skills.
Today’s announcement furthers Moovit’s industry-leading position of providing the right information to travellers with reduced mobility, such as step-free access routes from street level to the train and lift availability on the transport network. The data is being provided through Transport for London’s open-data feed, which powers over 600 apps to help people get around and plan their journeys around the Capital.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced in December that he will instigate the biggest increase to step-free access on the Underground in the network’s 153 year history by investing an additional £200m over the next five years. As part of the initiative TfL has committed to making more than 30 additional Tube stations step-free by 2021/22.

The move will bring the total number of stations with step-free access to all platforms to more than 100, representing more than 40 per cent of the Underground network. Thanks to the new features by Moovit, users of the app will be directed around the transport network in the most efficient way possible, getting travellers with restricted mobility from A to B using routes that are fully wheelchair accessible.

“Whether you’re visually-impaired, have restricted mobility or motoric issues, there should be no barriers to using public transport in 2017, and Moovit is working hard to ensure there are not,” said Meydad. “By incorporating these considerably important accessibility features, we are  now be able to help even more users get around their city more smoothly.”

Rikesh Shah, Lead Digital Partnerships Manager at Transport for London, said, “Making travelling in London easier is core to delivering a transport network open to all. Giving our customers the information and tools they need to travel with confidence is key to helping us deliver this. We already provide a wide range of information for customers, and Moovit’s great new feature, which uses our dynamic open data, will help those with accessibility needs navigate our stations more easily, supporting our wider goal to provide accurate information directly to customers.”
About Moovit

Moovit is the world’s leading transport data company. Moovit simplifies your urban mobility all around the world, making getting around town via public transport easier and more convenient. Moovit is the #1 transit app in the world with more than 60 million users, and was named Top Local App of 2016 by Google.

By combining information from public transit operators and authorities with live information from the user community, Moovit offers travelers a real-time picture, including the best route for their journey. The Moovit community sends active reports about their travel experience, such as bus congestion levels, cleanliness, and more to help others have a better travel experience.

Moovit generates hundreds of millions of data points a day that comprise the world’s largest repository of transit data. The Big Data gathering is aided by Moovit’s network of more than 150,000 local editors, called “Mooviters”, who help map out and maintain local transit information in cities that would otherwise be unserved.

Moovit is available for free on iOSAndroid & Web in over 1,200 cities, across 77 countries worldwide, and can be used in 43 languages.