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‘Let’s Go Together’ iPhone app

01 May 2012

‘Let’s Go Together’ iPhone app Image

By Callie Morgan

Access Melbourne has launched an iPhone application which will allow Docklanders to meet and share car trips with friends and co-workers.

The Let’s Go Together app enables users to post their travel plans and mode of transport online in order to share transport with people going in the same direction.

Urban Transport’s David Meiklejohn said the app was a perfectly safe way to share transport as its users could restrict who they wanted to share their journey.

“It’s based on an idea of trust so you can look at who you know and which of your friends are making particular trips at certain times,” Mr Meiklejohn said.

Mr Meiklejohn said the app was an important part of the solution for freeing up Docklands’ congested tram stops and Southern Cross Station.

“Docklanders face a particular set of transport problems that aren’t faced by CBD workers,” Mr Meiklejohn said.

“If I’m standing on a corner in the city there are three train stations nearby that I can easily access whereas in Docklands there is just the one station.”

Mr Meiklejohn said the app had the potential to save Docklanders a lot of money on transport fees.

“ANZ, Myer, Ericsson and NAB are close to one another in Docklands and if they’ve got people going out to the same area, whether it’s to the airport or somewhere else, then there is an opportunity to be able to co-ordinate trips,” Mr Meiklejohn said.

“It’s $50 for a taxi to the airport and if there are 10 or 20 people doing that a day, with no co-ordination, then it becomes pretty expensive for businesses and individuals.”

Mr Meiklejohn said the app did not just have to be used to share taxi rides but could also be used by friends who wanted to meet for lunch or drinks.

“At the moment we don’t have any hard goals about how many customers we want signed up because it’s free,” Mr Meiklejohn said. “We really just want to see how people in Melbourne, and Docklands in particular, use it.”

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