November 11, 2011 > VTA announces mobile app contest winner
VTA announces mobile app contest winner
Submitted By VTA
In June 2011, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) launched a contest challenging professional developers and hobbyists to create a mobile app to enhance the VTA travel experience. Members of the public submitted a variety of apps supported by Apple's operating system, Google's Android platform, or both. After carefully evaluating all contest submittals, "San Jose Transit" designed by Mr. Vashishtha Jogi was declared the winner.
When asked why he entered the VTA contest, Mr. Jogi cited his interest in public transit and desire to make it easier for the public to navigate the system.
"I love learning new technology and this industry plays a huge role in my desired career path," said Jogi who completed his Masters degree in Software Engineering at San Jose State in August 2011. "I aspire to be someone who builds something useful for other people and not done by anybody else."
In recent months, VTA has introduced a number of exciting new services, including free 4G WiFi on board its light rail vehicles to improve customer's travel experience.
"Mobile apps that incorporate VTA schedules, service maps, route and fare information, as well as GPS, are especially helpful for new customers and out of town visitors who are less familiar with our system," said Greta Helm, VTA's Chief of External Affairs. "These apps are liberating and enable you to be more spontaneous; if your plans change when you're out on the town, it's easy to modify your transit trip plan on your mobile device. You don't have to lug around a handful of maps and schedules, or call someone to find out how to get where you want to go."
"Given the prevalence of smartphones in Silicon Valley, this was a next-step for VTA. These applications underscore VTA's commitment to provide useful technology, such as on-board Wi-Fi, for our customers. Reducing the number of printed maps and schedules is also environmentally friendly, and helps VTA's bottom line," said VTA Board Member Rich Larsen, one of the judges in the app contest, as well as the Chair of VTA's Revenue Enhancement Committee.
Vashishtha Jogi was recognized by the VTA Board of Directors at their meeting on October 6 and received a new iPad for his impressive efforts in helping VTA promote the use of public transit.
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PHOTO CAPTION: (l-r), VTA Board Chair Margaret Abe-Koga, Vashishtha Jogi, VTA General Manager Michael Burns