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October 22, 2013 > New app simplifies county shuttle service

New app simplifies county shuttle service

Submitted By Guy Ashley

Caleb Kim and Stephen Ou have ended their summer internships with Alameda CountyÕs Information Technology Department and are returning to school. But the two technologically-adept teen-agers have left a lasting legacy that will boost public transportation and mark a major new step toward meeting the transportation needs of County employees.

Caleb and Stephen, both 17 and friends from Castro Valley High School, spent much of their summer creating and perfecting ALCO Shuttle App, a new web and mobile-phone application that aims to make an innovative County shuttle service easier to use for people seeking to travel from the office to public transportation hubs and/or within the large network of County facilities.

Caleb and Stephen first came onto the County radar last December when they earned Second Place in the CountyÕs first-ever Hackathon. The two teen-agers earned the distinction with an app called ACPR Finder, which sifts through County Parks and Recreation Data to provide user-friendly information about local parks. The app includes a map interface listing all park locations and a filter that allows the user to organize parks by specific features like playgrounds, hiking trails and basketball courts.

Their latest innovation, ALCO Shuttle App, provides schedules, maps and a Òtrip plannerÓ that integrates scheduled shuttle stops and BART service options to help find the best time to get from Point A to B. Caleb, who is about to enter his freshman year at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, said the App also addresses concerns expressed by County staff, including restrictions on signage that have led to some confusion among County employees about the exact location of shuttle stops.

The solution: the App features Google Òstreet viewÓ pictures of each shuttle stop, which should resolve any questions about where the Shuttle will be making its next scheduled stop.

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