Pigeon Transit

Real-time transit information
Google Cemetery
GENERAL INFORMATION
Category:
Transportation
Started:
2018
BUSINESS FAILURE
Cause:
Bad Timing
Closed:
2020

Description

Pigeon Transit was a project of Area 120, Google’s incubator, launched in 2018. The app was a crowdsourced transit service available on iOS in several US cities.

It allowed commuters to share real-time information about the weather, changes in transport routes and services, delays, power outages, crowdedness, conditions of buses and trains, etc. 

Pigeon Transit

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Cause of Failure

The app first launched as a test project in New York in September 2018. Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. were added next autumn, and users were expecting an Android release.

However, the coronavirus pandemic happened.  Many cities had to drastically change their public transport and adapt to the various health restrictions and the fewer commuters.

That is why Google decided to shut down the service with no plans of restarting it once the pandemic is over. Users were advised to save any data before June 24, 2020. After that, all data on Pigeon Transit was deleted.

Some alternatives to Pigeon Transit are Transit, Citymapper, Moovit, and the Transit feature on Google Maps.

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